HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) -- Speed was a factor in the single-vehicle crash that killed the driver and a Cincinnati football player and injured two other players in southwest Ohio, authorities said Friday.
Investigators estimate the vehicle driven by Sean VanDyne, 18, of Hamilton was traveling about 85 mph within seconds of the crash in a 45 mph zone, Butler County sheriff's officials said Friday.
The crash killed VanDyne, a Miami University freshman, and his longtime friend and University of Cincinnati offensive lineman Ben Flick, 19.
Sheriff Richard Jones said Flick and VanDyne were not wearing seatbelts. He said in a news release that initial blood tests indicated VanDyne had a blood-alcohol level of .056. Ohio's legal limit for drivers 21 and over is .08. Jones said the legal limit for drivers under 21 is .02.
The four were returning Sept. 21 from a Bearcats' 14-0 win at Miami University in Oxford, 25 miles north of Cincinnati.
Cincinnati receivers Mark Barr of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Javon Harrison were injured.
The three freshman players were redshirting and didn't dress for the game or travel with the Bearcats. The 6-foot-6, 272-pound Flick was a guard at Hamilton High School, where he made the All-Greater Miami Conference second team as a senior.