The victims in a fatal Pennsylvania car crash recorded a Snapchat video of themselves drinking from a bottle of vodka in the car before it slammed into a telephone pole in Pennsylvania, killing three women inside and critically injuring another.
The crash happened shortly before 1 a.m. on Tuesday on the 5600 block of Library Road in Bethel Park, CBS reported.
Officers who arrived on the scene saw a vehicle split in two by a telephone pole. The crash brought down power lines which came to rest on top of the vehicle.
Tim O’Conner, Bethel Park police chief, said the accident is the worst he’s seen in 40 years.
“This was a very tragic accident, and it serves as an example of what can happen when you mix alcohol and driving in a vehicle,” he said.
Paige Nicole Smith, 21, was driving the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene along with Heather Camisa, 17. Bianca Herwig, 23, was taken to a local hospital where she later died.
The sole survivor was 21-year-old Brookee Elizabeth. She was ejected from the car and was listed in critical condition.
The sister of the surviving woman who had seen the videos posted online said that the party went out of control.
“Any time they would go out, they wouldn’t stay out too late and they would go back to someone’s house,” Brianne Molnar, 27, told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Nothing crazy ever happened. But last night, things went to the left really quick.”
Police are investigating the cause of the crash, but believe that speed and alcohol may be involved. A bottle of vodka was found in the car.
“I would speak to our teens and young adults out there, you’re not invincible. You may set out to have a good time, and that’s your intention, but when you mix alcohol and driving, you could wind up dead,” said Chief O’Conner.
Investigators plan to use the Snapchat videos to determine where the women had been drinking and how much they were served.
A power outage in the area lasted throughout the morning due to the downed power lines. Traffic on Library Road was closed in both directions until 5:30 a.m. and later reopened in a single lane.