About the Fatal Kerrville Accident
According to KSAT, three people died in Kerrville, Texas when their 2000 model Suzuki suddenly swerved into a Chevy pickup. Investigators are not sure what caused the vehicle to swerve, and the accident is still pending a further investigation.
Among those killed in the crash were 30-year-old Fabian Perez, 7-year-old Hector Mendoza Jr, and a third passenger whose name has not been released.
The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m.
National Auto Accident Statistics
- The Texas Department of Transportation recorded 3,377 traffic related fatalities in 2013, marking a 1.05 percent decrease from the 3,413 deaths recorded in 2012.
- In addition, Texas recorded 65,539 serious injury crashes that resulted in the serious injury of 89,270 people.
- 523 deaths were attributed to head-on collisions.
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Spider webs have caused Suzuki Motor of America Incorporated and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue a recall on Kizashi 2010 to 2013 model vehicles.
Spider Webs In The Fuel System
Spiders have been constructing their webs in the Suzuki Kizashi evaporative canister vent hose; which is a crucial part in a vehicle’s fuel system.
The webs found in this hose are blocking the air flow, therefore creating cracks, fuel leaks, and increasing the possibility of fires in the gas tank.
About The Recall
- NHTSA estimates that 19,249 vehicles are affected.
- Seven incidents of the webs tampering with the fuel tank have been reported so far. No injuries have occurred.
- Only Suzuki Kizashi model years 2010 through 2013, which were manufactured in October 2009 to July 2012, are being recalled.
- Suzuki will be notifying owners about the recall and on what actions to take to fix and prevent the problem.
Suzuki Kizashi vehicles should be taken to service centers where the vent hose will be replaced with a new one that has a filter attached. If vehicles are affected by spider webs, a fuel tank change will also be performed.
All repairs are free of charge.
Consumers can also contact Suzuki directly at 1-800-934-0934; VG is Suzuki’s recall number for this particular vehicle.
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About the Fatal Car Accident
According to Denton Record-Chronicle, 21-year-old Steven Wilkerson was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima west on View Road at a high speed with three other passengers, 19-year-old Paul Martie, 20-year-old Johnny Powell and 20-year-old Jaci Dane when the crash occured.
Around 6:21 p.m., the Altima passed through the intersection at Metz Road and hit a bump, causing it go airborne. The vehicle then slid sideways until it struck a utility pole, overturned and then crashed into a tree in the 1800 block of View Road.
Wilkerson and Martie died at the scene of the accident while Powell and Dane were transported to the Medical Center of Plano with critical injuries. None of the passengers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
The accident caused 30 homes in the area to lose power for about five hours after the vehicle struck the utility pole. The power restoration normally would have taken 90 minutes; however, because of the accident, electricians were unable to get to the area.
The accident remains under police investigation.
Motor Vehicle Statistics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided the following information
- Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.
- Young adults (18-24) have the highest crash-related injury rates of all adults.
- Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%.
- Young people ages 15-24 represent only 14% of the U.S. population. However, they account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females.
- Adults age 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than adults 35 or older.
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