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As fans grieve the loss of Jackass star Ryan Dunn, police have revealed that Dunn was very drunk -- and was driving far above the speed limit -- at the time of his fatal car crash early Monday morning.
Dunn had been drinking with friends in a Philadelphia bar before he drove his Porsche through a guardrail on Route 322 in West Goshen Township, Pa., killing himself and a friend, Zachary Hartwell, in the passenger seat. Although witnesses claim that Dunn didn't seem that drunk when he left the bar, West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll tells Pennsylvania newspaper the Daily Local News that the autopsy and toxicology report reveal that Dunn's blood alcohol content (BAC) was .196 -- well over twice the .08 legal limit in Pennsylvania -- at the time of the wreck. Dunn reportedly drank multiple shots and at least three beers; no other substances were found in his system.
Police are also reporting that Dunn was traveling between 132 and 140 miles per hour at the time of the crash. Dunn had a history of speeding, with at least 23 previous citations for speeding and reckless driving, according to a report on Philly.com. The extreme speed may account for the severity of the crash, which Carroll called "by far the worst I've seen."
"I've never seen a car destroyed in an automobile accident the way this car was even before it caught on fire," Carroll told the press. Police believe that both Dunn and Hartwell were killed instantly by blunt force head trauma when the car crashed into the woods, before the car caught fire.
Fans have been memorializing Dunn with flowers and signs at the site of the crash on Pennsylvania Route 322, less than 100 miles from Dunn's home. One of the visitors to the site was Dunn's longtime friend and Jackass costar Bam Margera, who sobbed to news cameras about his friend. "I've never lost anyone that I care about. And it's my best friend," Margera, 31, told Fox 29. "I was in Arizona when I heard. I just remember I was with some friends having the best time ever. At 12:30, I just started punching out the windows of the rental van and ripping out the speakers. I don't even know why." The heartbreaking video interview is below.