Now we know. West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll told the Daily Local News that Jackass celebrity Ryan Dunn’s BAC (blood alcohol content) was over twice the legal limit when he and his passenger died in a fiery crash at 2:30 am Monday morning. What’s more, Carroll says an accident reconstruction team determined Dunn’s Porsche 911 may have been speeding as fast as 140 mph when it struck the guardrail.
Ryan Dunn, far left. Passenger and fatality Zachary Hartwell, far right.
Carroll says Dunn’s BAC was .196. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08. Carroll said alcohol was the only intoxicating substance detected.
According to the Daily Local News, an employee of Barnaby’s of America, the pub where Dunn was drinking prior to the accident, said the business had no comment about the blood alcohol level findings. Previously, bar manager, Jim O’Brien, said Dunn "didn’t seem to be intoxicated at the time he left."
So far there’s been no word about the findings on Roger Ebert’s twitter account. Ebert caused a cyberspace firestorm Monday with his twitter comment, “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.”
Whatever one may think of Ebert’s tweet, let us hope the tragic death of Dunn and his passenger, Zachary Hartwell, serve as a cautionary tale about the dangers of drinking and driving and excessive speed.
UPDATE: The Westboro Baptist Church has apparently announced its intention to protest at Dunn’s funeral. The Kansas church is infamous for protesting at the funerals of military service personnel and others. They have carried banners with slogans such as "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates Fags." And on it goes. . .