5 Joyriders Die After Car Flies 200 Feet

BMW hurtled off 85-high embankment at end of runway
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2008 6:50 PM CST
Lieutenant Beaver Twist, right, with the Auxiliary Florida Highway Patrol examines the remains of a burned, gray 2008 BMW, at the accident scene at the end of the Greystone airstrip in Anthony, Fla.,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Five young men were killed on a joyride in Florida last night when their speeding car careened off a private airstrip, flew 200 feet in the air, hit a large tree, and split in two. Three were thrown from the car and two were partly ejected, but all were pronounced dead on the scene, the Ocla Star-Banner reports.

Officials arrived at 3:45 a.m. to find the $80,000 BMW broken in half, local TV reported. They found one of the boys 100 feet from the wreckage. Based on the skid marks, police think the boys, all 18-20-year-old High School wrestlers, tried to stop, but hurtled off the 85-foot-high embankment at the runway’s end.