Three teenagers in Arizona died in a single-car accident in late February. A 16-year-old male from Thatcher, a 16-year-old male from Fort Thomas and a 17-year-old male from Duncan were killed in the accident. All three boys attended Gila Institute for Technology. The teenage boys died after being ejected from the passenger van they were driving in after it rolled over on the U.S. 70.

Six other high school students were also in the van at the time of the accident. They were treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver was among those injured in the car accident. Authorities say that the teens were leaving a National Hot Rod Association event located in Chandler. Police say that the Eastern Arizona College van the teens were traveling in crossed another lane and left the road at around 10 p.m. The van then rolled, ejecting the three teens.

Authorities have said that impairment was not a factor in the crash. Experts have speculated that the driver might have fallen asleep while driving and lost control of the vehicle. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Families who have lost a loved one in a car accident often face costly medical bills and funeral expenses along with pain and suffering. Drivers have the responsibility to stay awake and alert when operating a motor vehicle. If they don’t, they might have behaved negligently and may be responsible. In this case, a van from a local college was transporting the teenagers to and from the event. The driver may not have gotten enough rest and might have fallen asleep at the wheel, causing the fatal accident to occur. The families who lost their loved ones might be able to file a civil suit against the college or at-fault driver.