Friday night after a frontal collision in the Linda Vista community in San Diego County; a 17-year-old and 21-year-old driver were killed and other people were injured.
Just before 11 pm. The 17-year-old was driving a 2010 Toyota Camry on Genesee Avenue, speeding according to San Diego police.
Before the crash, the Toyota driver passed a 2008 Nissan Altima at very high speed, after which he made an unsafe movement and also a side-skid of the Nissan, police said.
The Toyota collided with a 2020 Mazda 3 in the 2700 block of Genesee Avenue after the 17-year-old lost control.
The accident involved all 3 vehicles; the Mazda driver and two passengers suffered fatal injuries. The passengers and driver of the Nissan only complained of pain, according to police.
Police reported that two of the three passengers in the Toyota were seriously injured, while the driver was pronounced dead at the local hospital. The current conditions of the injured are unknown at this time.
Fire Battalion Chief Ed Kinnamon told OnScene TV: “There were several children, or young adults, who were inside the two cars” and trapped. A special team of firefighters trained for technical rescues used the Jaws of Life to free the victims from seriously damaged vehicles. “
To free the victims, the firefighters had to remove the doors from other parts of both vehicles.
The names of the fatalities in the Linda Vista frontal crash were released Friday night by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.
After a violent crash that took place in Linda Vista, one mile from Kearny Senior High School, two people were killed who were identified as Haley Takeda, 21, of San Diego (she was driving the 2020 Mazda), and Marc Anthony George III, Also from San Diego (he was driving the 2010 Toyota), 17 years old.
Police reported 17-year-old George III speeding in the Toyota Camry, then losing control and driving a Mazda in the 2700 block of Genesee Avenue.
Takeda was heading east when she was hit by the Toyota, she died in hospital.
Sharp Memorial Hospital pronounced Haley Takeda dead on Saturday. The 21-year-old was studying at the University of San Diego in addition to being a member of the University’s dance team.
According to her LinkedIn and Instagram pages, Takeda was a University of San Diego student studying international business, Spanish, and business analysis. She was a member of the USD dance team, the Student International Business Council, and the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
Takeda went to high school in San Mateo.
Vice President of Student Affairs Carmen Vazquez said in a statement on Fox 5:
“Our prayers go out to Haley and her family during this difficult time.” “I hope that each of you will join me in prayerfully supporting her family and those who mourn her death.”
Seven other people were injured in the accident. Authorities said two cars, both driven by teenagers, appeared to have been racing.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Motor vehicle crashes are the second leading cause of death for U.S. teens.1 Teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable and proven strategies that can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.
How big is the problem?
Around 2,500 adolescents in the country lost their lives in 2018 due to car accidents in the country, and some 285,000 were treated in the emergency departments of different hospitals for injuries suffered in car accidents. This means that every day around 7 teenagers die from car accidents and many other people are victims in the process. Hundreds of people are injured or killed as a result of these accidents.
In 2018 alone, fatal or non-fatal car accident injuries among teens resulted in medical costs of approximately $ 11.8 billion. Besides, there was a significant job loss that year due to accidents, according to CDC reports.
Who represents the greatest risk to vehicle safety?
Adolescents between 16 and 19 years of age present a greater risk to vehicle safety than any other age group; adolescents who drive in this age group are three times more likely to suffer fatal accidents than drivers 20 years of age or older.
Male adolescents have a higher accident rate than female adolescents. Even more so if they got their driver’s license recently.
Among the factors that influence accidents are:
Teens are at higher risk than experienced drivers because they have less ability to recognize dangerous situations and are more prone to making critical mistakes.
– Do not use the seat belt:
Most teens who have died in car accidents were not wearing seat belts.
– Use of alcohol:
Drinking alcohol before driving increases the risk of accidents, no matter how much. Especially in teenagers.
In 2019, a survey revealed that the highest percentage of accidents caused that year by driving under the influence of alcohol was caused by teenagers.
– Driving at night:
In 2018, 37% of car accidents that resulted in fatalities and involved teens occurred between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
– Driving at high speed:
In 2018, 30% of male drivers aged 15-20 and 18% of female drivers aged 15-20 were involved in fatal car accidents.
Teens are more likely than experienced drivers to speed, as was the case in the terrible accident that occurred this weekend in Linda Vista, San Diego. The 17-year-old was speeding, leading to several deaths and several injuries.
This accident and many others could have been prevented.
Drivers must know the major causes of accidents to avoid them.
According to the CDC, there are proven methods to help teens become responsible drivers.
Speeding, alcohol consumption, loss of concentration, lack of visibility, are just some of the factors that influence an accident.
In this case, the speeding plus the inexperience and recklessness of the 17-year-old driver triggered a fatal accident that killed two people and seriously injured others.
The San Diego Police Department asks anyone with information about the accident to call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477
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