Young Adults Pay For High-Speed Habit With Their Lives

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Three young men died in a single-vehicle accident on July 4, 2011 in Hamilton. The car accident occurred at approximately 2 p.m. Excessive speed may have contributed to their death.

The driver, Cody Mazuk, and two passengers, Jeremiah Fischer and Christopher Drummond died as a result of their injuries from the crash according to Hamilton Police Traffic Commander Lt. John Nethers.

Police said the three men had been traveling south on River Road near the Hooven Avenue intersection. Mazuk, driving a 1993 Toyota Camry, attempted to pass southbound traffic in front of him. The vehicle went off the left side of the road, possibly in an attempt to avoid northbound traffic.

Nethers said the vehicle struck a rock, a tree and another rock before going airborne and striking a second tree.

Hamilton Police Sgt. Steve Henderson said, "This kind of thing is sad and tragic."

Officials pronounced Fischer and Mazuk dead at the scene. A medical helicopter flew Drummond to University Hospital, but he died in transit according to his grandmother, Deborah Johnson.

Henderson said police do not know why the driver was traveling at such a high rate of speed or where they were headed.

The Hamilton traffic report estimates the speed at the time of the crash to be 60 m.p.h.

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