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Latest on fatal Benton Co. crash

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Wind whips the cross along Highway 150 West of Urbana, an impromptu memorial to five lives lost in a crash.

It happened Thursday afternoon. The State Patrol believes Quentin Ary, 19, of Vinton was driving a pickup truck westbound on 55th St., when he pulled out in front of a semi heading North on 150.

Inside the pickup: Triston Randall, 17, of Urbana; Nicole Jacobson, 20, of Vinton; Hunter Tuttle, 14, of Vinton; and Zoey Tuttle, 12, of Vinton. All were killed.

Trooper Bob Conrad said they're investigating the crash as a 'failure to yield' on the part of Ary. However, he noted it is early in the investigation.

Only Ary was wearing a seatbelt. Conrad said it's unclear if the belts could have saved their lives, but it couldn't hurt.

"There's never a time where seatbelts don't help," Conrad said. "But there are some crashes you can't survive."

Sadly, crashes are that intersection are not new to Urbana residents like Mary Clark. In the late 80s, she said hr husband was nearly killed in a motorcycle crash there.

"It totalled out the motorcycle, and put him in the hospital for a week," she said.

She said too often, drivers roll the stop sign, or can't see oncoming traffic on the long curve of the highway. She said many also assume drivers are turning off, when they're not.

"The less you can see, the less you're prepared for," she said.

The State Patrol said a blood sample was collected from the driver of the pickup truck as a precaution. This is standing procedure for fatal crashes. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash.

As for the memorial -- all that's left is debris and rutted tire tracks. The remains of five young lives.

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