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UPDATE: Alcohol, speed contributed to Mason City wreck that killed 5

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A memorial for the victim remains at the site of the crash A memorial for the victim remains at the site of the crash
Police say the driver, Zachary Hartley, was speeding and had a BAC exceeding the legal limit. Police say the driver, Zachary Hartley, was speeding and had a BAC exceeding the legal limit.
Police released two photos of the wrecked SUV. Police released two photos of the wrecked SUV.
MASON CITY, Iowa (KTTC) -

Mason City Police say speed and alcohol were contributing factors in a fiery single-vehicle wreck that killed five young people in April.

Police Chief Jeff Brinkley held a news conference Monday afternoon to release new information on the crash that happened in the early morning hours of April 10. 

A 2007 Jeep Liberty was traveling on 6th Street Southwest, near South Monroe Avenue, when it crashed into a tree, police said. The SUV then caught fire.

All five occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified them as 14-year-old Sydney Nikole Alcorn, 17-year-old Donte William Foster, 18-year-old Roderick Lemeual Lewis, 19-year-old Alex Parvon-Charles Wiebke, and 20-year-old Zachary Wolf Hartley.

During Monday's news conference, Chief Brinkley said that Hartley, who was the driver, had a blood alcohol content that exceeded the legal limit of .08 percent, although the exact number will not be released. Chief Brinkley also said Hartley was driving at least 79 miles per hour, more than two-and-a-half times the speed limit of 30 mph.

"You just don't see single-vehicle crashes that end like this. It's just -- I don't think anybody in our department experienced anything like this," said Chief Brinkley. "It certainly stayed with the officers that responded that night. And we're going to keep close tabs on them. But I also think that absolutely, from the standpoint of loss of life in our community, we can't be tolerant of this."

Police also released photos of the mangled SUV.

"Seeing those pictures of what the vehicle looks like will help people understand the severity of the crash and the significance of this, and why it's important that we take some lessons away about making different decisions," explained Chief Brinkley.

At the conclusion of the news conference, the chief read a statement from the victims' families that says, in part:

Please don't let this tragedy be in vain. Think about the decisions that you make and don't let this happen again here.

Be a nosy parent. Know what your kids are doing and be aware. Know who they're with. Don't be scared to talk to your kids about their decisions.

Chief Brinkley added that only two of the five occupants were wearing seat belts.

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Mason City Police will hold a news conference to share details from their investigation into a tragic crash that took five lives this spring.

Five people were killed when a 2007 Jeep Liberty crashed and caught on fire in Mason City just after 2:30 a.m. April 10. 

After details are shared Monday afternoon, police will take questions from the media.

We will have a crew in Mason City for the 1 p.m. news conference. Look for the latest updates Monday night on the NewsCenter.

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