The Accident

Trevor had been at John Adamson’s house (John’s family called him Fred) on Wednesday evening, January 18, 2001 along with some other people. The evening had been spent working on software and systems getting ready for a deployment in South Carolina. During the course of the evening, a lot of alcohol was consumed.

One of the people asked to go home about 2 a.m. Thursday morning as he had an appointment later that morning. John decided to let the other fellow drive John’s Mitsubishi Eclipse to his house and then Trevor would drive back. On the way back Trevor and John decided to drive up Mill Creek Canyon to see how fast they could drive up the canyon.

Both Trevor and John thoroughly loved Mill Creek Canyon. It’s a private road, maintained through a toll paid on the way back down the canyon. A number of scout camps are along the road as well as several hiking and cross-country ski trails.

The car left the road about a mile east of the toll booth after failing to negotiate a turn. Police estimate that the car was traveling in excess of a hundred miles per hour when it left the road and flew through a fence and some trees along the road landing in a ravine. The shoulder of the road drops off an embankment down about twenty feet to the creek bed where the accident occurred.

The car flew about 300 feet through the air. One of the trees flipped the car upside down and the car landed on its top against the crotch of a tree.

Trevor was killed instantly. John was seriously injured when the passenger door of the car was ripped off, loosing his right arm and some of the shoulder. He was able to crawl out of the car and scramble for about a hundred feet before he collapsed and died.

The accident happened sometime between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2001. The accident was discovered a little after 9:30 a.m. Both Trevor and John were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

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