I don't get the gnashing of teeth of because it was a two staffers and two 20-something year-old grown men, ONE of whom was a student athlete (the other had already declared or was known to be declaring for the draft).
The cause? Initial reports she was driving too fast, wheel hit the curb or shoulder, and she lost control. We do not know if she was under the influence of something. I would suspect as tight as the ship is run there, a staffer would refrain from DUI knowing that it could well mean termination. My understanding is they have a well known policy to not drive under the influence and have people to call, but she could have had six tequila fanny-busters and thought tomatoes were fixing breakfast back at home (apologies to Bloom County).
Absolutely preventable. But crap happens and people die. A few inches difference several times in my life and friends and family would have been saying "it was so preventable," so while everyone is right about that, it could nothing more nefarious than driving beyond her capabilities to handle a car in the given circumstances. But I'm curious (seriously, no intent to be argumentative) what do you mean by "accounting?"