Police Say Speed Major Factor in Irving Canal Crash

Police say Porsche was driven well above posted speed limit

By Randy McIlwain
|  Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 6:59 PM CDT
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Police won't estimate how fast Ronald Eddins was driving but say it was well over the posted limit.

Randy McIlwain, NBC 5

Police won't estimate how fast Ronald Eddins was driving but say it was well over the posted limit.

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The driver of a car that crashed and sunk into a Las Colinas canal earlier this month was speeding, Irving police said Tuesday.

The driver, Ronald Eddins, 41, of Southlake; Kenneth Lark, 23, of Austin; and his girlfriend, Kaat Debeuckelaer, 21, of Colleyville; died in the Jan. 4 crash.

Police said Eddins was driving well in excess of the posted 55 mph speed limit when his new four-door Porsche sedan crashed into the canal near Riverside Drive and Spur 348.

Accident investigators said the car hit the center median about 570 feet from where it ultimately stopped.

Eddins plowed through two road signs and three curbs before his car when airborne, police said. The vehicle flew some 95 feet in the air before ripping a through a guardrail, inverting and smashing the wall on the other side of the canal.

Police said speed was the dominant factor in the crash, although alcohol could also have contributed. Investigators know all three victims were drinking but are still awaiting toxicology reports to determine if Eddins was under the influence at the time of the crash.


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