Police say the three victims in a fatal car crash stopped at The Men’s Club, a gentleman’s night club in Dallas, just moments before their vehicle plunged into an Irving canal on Wednesday.
Police are formulating a timeline of events prior to the fatal collision and said they believe they have an idea of what happened late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
The bodies of Ronald Eddins, 41, of Southlake, Kenneth Lark, 23, of Austin and Kaat Debeuckelaer, 21, of Colleyville, were recovered Wednesday and Thursday after the Porsche Panamera they were in left the road and went into water.
Lark and Debeuckelaer left the Dallas Stars game Tuesday night and met Eddins for the first time ever at the Southlake Hilton hotel bar, according to police. All three went to The Men’s Club, located on West Northwest Highway, about 1 a.m. and left about 2:45 a.m., police said.
A witness who was awake at that time told police that he remembers hearing a loud noise about 3 a.m. that he thought was a dumpster being dropped or someone running into a trash dumpster, said John Argumaniz, Irving police spokesman.
The search for the victims began Wednesday morning after maintenance workers noticed guardrail damage in the 5600 block of Riverside Drive near the canal, police said.
Lark, like Debeuckelaer, died from blunt force trauma caused by the crash, according to the Dallas County medical examiner’s office. Lark’s autopsy had not been completed Thursday because his body was ejected from the vehicle and was the last to be located.
Eddins' death was attributed to drowning and multiple blunt-force trauma, the Dallas County medical examiner's office said. Police have determined that speed was a factor in the crash, but have not determined how fast the vehicle was traveling, Argumaniz said.
Police are also awaiting results from toxicology tests to see whether alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash, Argumaniz said. -- Mitch Mitchell