Alcohol, speed blamed in wreck that killed UC player


Alcohol and speed played a part in the death of University of Cincinnati football player Benjamin Flick and the driver, according to the Butler County Sheriff's Office, which released more details about the accident on Friday.

Sean VanDyne, 18, was driving at nearly double the speed limit the night of Sept. 21 when he crashed in Hanover Twp. He was killed, as was Flick, VanDyne's childhood friend. Two of Flick's teammates who were in the car were injured. Sheriff's investigators determined the 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt was traveling at 85 mph in a 45-mph zone along a hilly stretch of road within five seconds of the crash at Stahlheber and Morman roads.

VanDyne was headed west on Stahlheber at about 10:15 p.m. when the car went off the right side of the road, according to the report. He over-corrected, which caused the car to go left of center and into a ditch. It struck a tree and went back across the road where it hit a second ditch and landed on its top, according to the report.

VanDyne and Flick, 19, both of Hamilton, were not wearing seat belts. They were ejected. Javon J. Harrison of Huber Heights and Mark Barr of Florida, both 18, were trapped in the back seat. They both survived. Barr remains in a hospital.

Final toxicology tests are pending, but investigators said initial tests indicate VanDyne's blood alcohol level was .056. Ohio's limit is .02 for any person younger than 21.

"Don't drink and drive, don't speed, and wear your seat belt," said Lt. Mike Craft, who said speed appears to be the primary cause of the crash. Investigators could not determine if beer cans found outside the wreckage had been in the car, he said.

Harrison and Barr did not know VanDyne, Craft said. Flick offered them a ride back to Cincinnati. They had attended the Miami vs. Cincinnati football game in Oxford earlier in the day.


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