Police reports revealed that Ryan Dunn's death was caused by a combination of speeding, over 130 mph which crashed and burned leaving him and his passenger dead at the scene, and alcohol. Speculations surrounding Dunn's death included drinking and driving as well as drug abuse at the time of the accident. The rumors were confirmed after toxicology reports showed his blood alcohol level was recorded at 0.196, which was more than double the legal limit in Pennsyvlania. Photos were also posted online showing Dunn drinking beer and taking shots with friends at a bar called Barnaby's, prior to getting into his Porsche 911. No drugs were reported to be involved in the accident.
The topic of drinking and driving has sparked major conversations in the social network. One in particular was the results of a tweet by movie critic Roger Ebert. In the twitter post Ebert commented on the poor decision to drink and drive.
Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive.
Fans and readers messaged back and forth either criticizing Ebert for the remark or defending the message of don't drink and drive. Based on Ebert's tweet, the message was clear that people shouldn't allow anyone who was drinking to get in and drive a car.
According to reports, drinking and driving kills 11,000 people each year. Alcohol impairs judgment leading to poor and possibly fatal choices. In Dunn's case, the mix of speedy driving and beer concluded tragically with the cost of two lives.
Dunn owned a high number of driving violations which included speeding, driving with a suspended license, and a separate case of drunk driving. Dunn was considered a poor driver with a history of wrecking cars. In an episode of Jackass, Dunn's friend Tim Glomb commented:
I have him in the death pool for death by vehicle, said Glomb.
A private memorial service was given to Dunn where 'Jackass' stars, families, and friends paid respects to the late daredevil. Plans also include a public memorial service at a future date. Those who attended included Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney. The band Kings of Leon paid tribute to Dunn at a concert.