Sunday, March 2, 2014

Three Carleton College Ultimate Frisbee team members die in car crash

Three members of the Carleton College Ultimate Frisbee team were killed Friday on a Minnesota highway when the SUV they were riding in spun on the icy road and was broadsided by an oncoming semitrailer truck.

Killed were James P. Adams, 20, of St. Paul; Paxton M. Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater, and Michael D. Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Conn.

Neither alcohol nor excessive speed appear to be factors in the 3 p.m. crash that killed the three students, who were members of one of the nation's top Ultimate Frisbee teams, the Minnesota State Patrol said Saturday.

"Obviously, this is a horrible tragedy for the families involved,"  said Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske at a news conference.

William Sparks, 20, of Evanston, Ill., who was driving the 1997 Toyota 4Runner, and Conor J. Eckert, 19, of Seattle, who are also Carleton students, were seriously injured, according to the State Patrol. The driver of the semi was not injured.

All five of the students were wearing seat belts.

“Many heartfelt and heart-wrenching stories. Not a dry eye. Mourning and grieving our teammates who were taken too soon,” the team said in a Facebook post.

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