April 10, 2013
One Bad Decision and In Just 5 Seconds, Life Changes Forever
It was the first hot day of the year - sunny and near 90 degrees. It was a day too nice for four friends to resist the temptation of enjoying quality time together. Tyler, Corey, Mike and another long-time best friend of the boys had slept over at Harrison's house the previous night. They enjoyed the day hanging out, playing basketball and catching up.
At 2:30, the boys headed to the local Taco Bell for a late lunch. They returned to Harrison's house by 3 pm, meeting up with another close friend. The guys hung out and played some more basketball and then sat down in the shade hoping to cool off from the record breaking temperatures.
A few minutes before 4 pm, the 2 other friends left Harrison's house to go to work. Tyler, Harrison, Mike and Corey decided to go for a drive. They all piled into Corey's silver 2-door Volkswagen GTI, rolled down the windows and began their cruise down a rural 2 lane country road that dead ends into a housing community just a few miles down the road. Mike was in the front passenger seat with Tyler behind him in the back seat. Sitting next to Tyler was Harrison.
The boys reached the end of the road, turned around and headed back in the direction of Harrison's house. Although it is not known why, the car was traveling at a very high rate of speed. The accident report stated that as the car was traveling back towards Harrison's house they were driving between 76 and 97 mph. They came to a slight bend in the road. That is where the driver lost control of the car, and slid sideways to the right. The driver tried to correct the direction of the car, but was unable to control the car at the high rate of speed. The car then slid to the left, crossed the center line and was struck on the passenger side by a 2011 Ford Focus SUV traveling in the opposite direction.
Witnesses traveling behind the Ford Focus immediately dialed 911. Within minutes, the first responders arrived. As fate would have it, the first responders were Tyler's fellow firefighters and EMT's from the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. Upon arrival, they were not aware that their friend and fellow firefighter was inside the crumpled car.
All four teens were pronounced dead at the scene.
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