Identities released in Irving canal crash that killed three

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by CYNTHIA VEGA and DAVID SCHECHTER

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Posted on January 5, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 1:08 PM

IRVING - Police released more information Thursday about the three people killed in a sports car that plunged into a canal Wednesday between 2:30 and 4:30 a.m.

Divers recovered a third body Thursday, following witness accounts that there was a another person in the car.

"Given the conditions, and the weather and the temperature of the water, the conditions are pretty tough for the divers down there," said John Argumaniz with the Irving police.

A 41-year-old attorney was at the wheel, driving a young couple. The driver was Ron Eddins, who recently opened a new practice in Southlake. He specialized in representing asbestos victims across the county.

In a statement his family said, "We are deeply saddened at the loss of Ron. As a family, we ask for prayers of comfort and peace as we cope with his death."

The manager of the Hilton in Southlake confirmed Eddins was a guest at the hotel prior to the wreck and that we was seen with 23-year-old Kenny Lark of Austin and 21-year-old Kaat Debeukelaer, who were not guests of the hotel.

Both are students at University of Texas at Austin. Yesterday on Facebook, friends started showing concern that neither had been seen in 24 hours.

Colleyville Heritage High School confirms that Debeukelaer played on the softball team and graduated in 2008. Her former coach remembered her Thursday.

"I think they're going to be missing a good soul," said coach Lance Stephens. "She was a very good person and she always had a great attitude, and they're all missing a great friend."

Authorities were alerted to the location after a DART bus driver noticed damage to a nearby guardrail.

Police say speed was a factor in the crash. The medical examiner said it will be several months before it can be determined if alcohol was involved, but the cause of death is multiple blunt force injuries and drowning and has been ruled an accident.

Witnesses last saw the Porsche in Dallas hours before the crash with three people inside.

WFAA's Shon Gables contributed to this report

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