SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A luxury car full of teenagers crashed and rolled Friday, killing three of the five young males at a park in southeastern Michigan, a sheriff said.
The 2008 Jaguar was speeding when it struck a guardrail and landed in Stony Creek River at Stony Creek Metropark, 35 miles north of Detroit, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said.
Four of the five teens were thrown from the car around 6:15 p.m. Wickersham didn’t know the conditions of the two survivors, although investigators were able to speak to one. All were 17 or 18.
“They’re all from Macomb County but different cities,” the sheriff told The Associated Press. “I don’t know their relationship. We don’t know what they were doing here at the park, where they were coming from, where they were going.”
It wasn’t immediately known whether alcohol was a factor, Wickersham said.
Stony Creek Metropark is a 4,400-acre park in Macomb and Oakland counties. The centerpiece is 500-acre Stony Creek Lake.
The sheriff, noting the park’s popularity with runners and bicyclists, said the tragedy could have been even worse.
“It’s really scary to think that something like this could happen at a place where so many people go to,” said Darin Evans, 19, who was at the park. “Stuff like this doesn’t happen out there.”