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Alcohol, Speed Main Factors in Car Crash That Killed 3 Pendleton Marines

Fatal Camp Pendleton Marine car crash / Los Angeles Times
Fatal Camp Pendleton Marine car crash

Law enforcement officials said today the Camp Pendleton Marine who was behind the wheel Tuesday in a fatal car crash in Dana Point had been drinking before the accident. That crash killed the car's three passengers - also Camp Pendleton Marines. The driver survived, but is hospitalized in extreme critical condition at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino told the Orange County Register that the car's high rate of speed also played a big part in the crash.

Defense officials are expected to release the names of the four Marines involved in the accident later today.