Three killed, two hurt in crash police say involved alcohol

Three people are dead and two remain in serious condition after a car crash early Thursday morning in West Toledo.

The crash occurred around 2:00 a.m. in the 5000-block of North Detroit Ave. in front of Club Chabliss. Police say a pickup truck driven by Paul Grant Never, 68, of Ottawa Lake, Mich., was pulling out of a parking lot when it hit a car carrying three men and a driver.

A witness says the car was on fire and he could see the blaze all the way from Alexis Road. He tells NBC 24 News that he went to the nearby bar to get help. One worker called 911 and another helped pull the driver, Noel J. Papenfuse, II, 21, out of the car to safety.

Authorities say both drivers were taken to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center where they are listed in serious condition.

Bryan Richardson, 20; Bradley Richardson, 21; and Noah McFadden, 23; all passengers in Papenfuse's vehicle, were killed in the crash.

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A spokesperson at Mercy St. Vincent said Friday that Paul Never was in serious condition. No information was available on the condition of Noel Papenfuse.

The crash remains under investigation, but police say they believe alcohol to be a factor for both drivers. Papenfuse is also believed to have been speeding at the time of the crash.