Three Men Die in Detroit Car Explosion Moments After Vehicle Was Purchased
On Detroit's east side three young men died in a car crash on Wednesday while riding in a 2003 Mercury Marauder that had just been sold to one of the victims moments before the car crash.
The three men were Ramone Bridges, 26, his cousin Raheem Akbar, 24, and their mutual friend Sedric Whaley, 24.
Detroit Police are still investigating the crash.
The Mercury Marauder, which witness Billy James says, according to MyFoxDetroit, was going between 80 and 100 miles per hour, hit a tree and burst into flames at Lakewood and Charlevoix at around 4 p.m.
As Billy James describes the scene, after the car hit the tree the vehicle exploded and: “They tried to get out. ... None of them got out.".
The bodies remained in the car when a tow truck removed the wrecked vehicle at 8 p.m. A blanket that had been draped over the mangled car blew away and exposed the burned bodies of the young men to onlookers who included family members.
According to the Detroit News, Artissha Graves, Akbar's sister, saw the charred body of her brother hanging out of the side of the car. "I do not like the way the scene was handled. They could have covered the car up," said Graves.
According to FOX 2, the previous owner of the The 2003 Marauder that had just been sold to Ramone Bridges moments before the crash warned Bridges about the car. “I told him it was a fast car, but not exceptionally fast. It has a Cobra engine in it. I said, 'Be careful.' It is a four-door sedan and looks like an old man's car. But it is a powerful car. ... I can't even tell you how bad I feel. I told him to be careful with that car."
The woman described the three young men as nice guys.
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