You only live once…
It’s something out of a PSA for drunk driving, or a scene out of the Final Destination films. Above all, it’s a tragedy that could have possibly been stopped.
Earlier this week, five men in their early 20s were killed in California when their Nissan Sentra ran a red light, lost control and hit a fence, before coming to rest in the backyard of a house. Ervin McKinness, died in the car crash, which police say occurred around 1:40AM on Labor Day, but twenty minutes before the deadly accident, the 21 year-old sent out a tweet that could have saved his life if someone had intervened.
Marquell Bogan, 23, Dylan George, 20, Jonathan Watson, 21 and JaJuan Bennett, 23, were also killed in the car accident. McKinness, who sent out the now-cryptic tweet, was not at the wheel, as his tweets suggest. Watson was driving according to police. One final, follow-up tweet from McKinness a minute later read: “Driving tweeting sipping the cup f–k yolo I’m turning it up.” The last tweet was eventually removed from his account.
All but one of the victims was pronounced dead on the scene. Bogan was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after 2AM. The investigation is still underway, but McKinness’ tweets reveal that alcohol was in play.
According to sources, McKinness was out celebrating a new record deal. It’s truly sad that no one stopped him and his friends from destroying their lives in the name YOLO.