The 21-year-old victim of a fatal car crash into a Las Colinas canal called her sister in California from a Southlake bar a few hours before her death, according to documents released this week by the Irving Police Department.
Kaat Debeuckelaer, 21, of Colleyville, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, told her sister during the 12-minute call that she and her boyfriend had met a lawyer at a bar at the Southlake Hilton.
The lawyer, later identified as Ronald Eddins, 41, of Southlake, spoke with the sister about becoming a lawyer, according to police notes about the conversation.
"He started asking me, 'Who is hotter, you or your sister?' " the sister told police.
"At some point, I think I got freaked out or something and was asking what was going on and he said, "Don't worry, I'll get her home safe," the sister said, according to police.
Later, Debeuckelaer's boyfriend, Kenneth Lark, 23, of Austin, got on the phone and said the lawyer "was really cool and had been buying them drinks."
The call began shortly before midnight on Jan. 3.
Surveillance video outside The Men's Club on Northwest Highway in Dallas later showed the trio leaving at 2:45 a.m. in Eddins' black Porsche Panamera.
About 15 minutes or so later, a witness described a loud noise near Spur 348 and Riverside Drive in Irving.
The next morning, a worker with the Dallas Central Utility and Reclamation District called 911 to report seeing car parts scattered near a canal and a car door and an airbag in the water.
The three bodies were found Wednesday and Thursday. Investigators said Eddins was traveling faster than the 55 mph speed limit.
The car flew about 95 feet and struck a guardrail along the canal, then slammed into the bank on the opposite side before plunging into the water, police said.
Eddins died of drowning and multiple blunt-force trauma, according to the Dallas County medical examiner. Debeuckelaer, who was in the front passenger seat, and Lark died from blunt-force trauma.
-- Kathy Vetter, editor