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On Saturday, January 26, a car smashed into a tree killing five young men in Ocala.

A car traveling at high speed down a private airport runway ran off an embankment and was airborne for 200 feet before smashing into a tree early Saturday, killing all five young men in the vehicle, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Investigators were unsure if the car was driving alone or if the vehicle was racing another car. The car off an 85 foot embarkment at the end of the airport runway, it then hit a tree and the car split in half. The wreckage from the accident was spread over a 200 foot area.

Three of the five occupants were ejected from the vehicle and according to investigators it is too early to tell if the men were wearing seatbelts at the time of the car crash.

Two of the men, who were 18 to 20, were from Ocala, two were from Fairfield and one was from Anthony. The victims have all been identified, but only two names have been released to the press. Jacob James Casey, 19, and James Devon Hime, 19, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Automobile Accidents.

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