Police say that alcohol and speeding were factors in a car accident that killed three Marines on February 14, according to the Los Angeles Times. A fourth Marine involved in the accident—the driver—remains in critical condition.
The accident occurred around 2 a.m. in Dana Point in Orange County, according to Jim Amormino of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The driver of the Dodge Stratus was intoxicated when he struck a tree in the median of Golden Lantern Road.
“The car was almost wrapped around the tree,” said Amormino. “We don’t have an exact speed yet. We do know it was over the speed limit and certainly unsafe for the conditions.”
The Marines killed were Jeremiah Callahan, 23, Jason Chleborad, 22, and Christopher Arzola, 21. All four were stationed at Camp Pendleton. This marks the second fatal traffic accident in Southern California involving an enlisted Marine in a week. No charges have been filed against the driver yet—full toxicology reports will not be back for a couple weeks.
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