You'll find that often when people discuss tragic events, they avoid describing them in any significant detail, often using euphemisms or standard phrasings to let you know what happened without outright stating it itself, either out of respect or grief. As a narrator, you can use this to make tragedy feel more real by describing the events leading up to a tragic moment, and then cutting away to talk about the effects of it.

E.g.

"Harry felt invincible, on top of the world. He was finally at college, striking out on his own. He had only been there for four days, and this was the second party he was going to. Two, three beers, a single bong hit, and he felt buzzed enough to make his way to it, but in his hubris also felt capable of driving there. Nobody pays attention to the speed limit on those quiet hedge trimmed roads, least of all on an autumn night when the darkness makes it feel later than it is. Nobody considers the impact their choices might have on others, for instance a station wagon attempting to innocently pass its way around a blind corner.

They say the smallest coffins are the heaviest…"

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