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Single-vehicle crash kills 3

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Gazette staff
March 9, 2011
— Three people died and another was critically injured in a one-car crash early Tuesday morning, according to Beloit police.

The crash happened at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday at Manchester and Strasburg streets near the state line, according to a Beloit police news release.


Brian P. Tackett, 28, Rockton, Ill., was driving a 1998 BMW west on Manchester at high speed when he lost control of the vehicle. It hit a tree and power pole, causing a power outage in the area.


Upon impact, the vehicle split in half and debris was strewn over more than a block, according to the release.


Three of the occupants were pronounced dead at the scene: Tackett; Brandon W. Lawver, 18, Beloit, who was riding in the front seat; and James W. Brown, 21, Beloit Township, who was riding in the back seat.


The driver appeared to be the only person wearing a seatbelt, according to the release.


Antonio M. Douglas, who was riding in the back seat, was flown by helicopter to Rockford Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon.


Police found no indication that alcohol was involved, according to the release.


Authorities estimate the car was traveling at more than 80 mph at the time of the crash, according to the release.



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