Three Fraternity Brothers Killed, Two Injured in CrashAP , Associated Press
Mar. 5, 1994 8:49 PM ET
SANIBEL ISLAND, FLA. SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. (AP) _ A speeding rental car went into a skid on a slight curve and flipped, killing three fraternity brothers and injuring two others on their final day of spring break.
The car went into a 400-foot skid, uprooted a tree, flipped and landed upright against another tree early Friday, police said.
All five students from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., were thrown from the new Lincoln Town Car traveling 70 mph in a 35 mph zone on this Gulf Coast resort island.
The group from Tau Kappa Epsilon was scheduled to fly out later Friday and be back at school Monday.
Two air bags deployed, but none of the occupants were wearing safety belts. No drugs or alcohol were found in the car. A blood sample was taken from the driver, Mark Sterner, but the results were not immediately available, said Police Chief Richard Plager.
Sterner, 22, was in serious condition Saturday at Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers, and Darren Moll, 22, of Farmington, N.Y., was released, said hospital spokeswoman Chris Nesheim.
Killed were James J. Smith, 23, of Lindenhurst, N.Y.; Peter D. Scott, 22, of West Islip, N.Y.; and Aaron B. Ebbert, 24, of Amherst, N.H.
A passing airport shuttle bus driver saw the wreckage and radioed for help.