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Alcohol and speed were factors in accident that killed 3 hockey players

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Alcohol and speed were factors in a tragic collision that killed three junior hockey players in the BC Lower Mainland last year, according to a coroner’s report.

The deaths of 17-year-old Parker Magnuson, 16-year-old Caleb Reimer, and 16-year-old Ronin Sharma left the hockey community in shock, drawing condolences from the NHL, the Humboldt Broncos and many others.

A coroner’s inquest found that Magnuson was driving the other teens around Surrey in a Ford Focus RS when the car crossed the center line at 104 Avenue and crashed into a tree in the early morning of August 21, 2021.

The three young friends died at the scene.

The car’s on-board computer indicated that it had “accelerated from 20 km/h to a record speed of 187 km/h seconds before impact,” according to the report.

The section of 104th Avenue where the accident occurred, between 160th Street and Fraser Glen Drive, has a speed limit of 50 km/h which drops to 30 km/h around a curve in the road.

The report said that the Ford Focus was “unable to navigate the northbound curve” before the collision, and that the weather was clear and the road was dry at the time.

Tox tests for Manguson found that he had been drinking that night. The BC Coroner’s Service said the teen had no history of driving bans or license suspensions.

All three deaths were ruled accidental and the result of blunt force trauma.

Sharma played for the Langley Rivermen and was described by his coach as a natural leader both on and off the ice.

Weeks after the tragedy, as the team was warming up for its season opener, all the players took to the ice wearing Sharma’s number 25. The Rivermen then removed the jersey from him.

Reimer signed with the Edmonton Oil Kings in 2019 and was described as one of several young stars during the team’s 2020-21 Central Division Championship season.


With archives from The Canadian Press

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