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Two High School Students Killed in Head-On Car Crash

Joseph Meaney2 days ago

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According to The Dispatch, two high school students were driving to school when they were struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle on Highway 47 in North Carolina.

Driver Charged with a DWI

The two students were traveling on Highway 47 towards Central Davidson High School at around 7:30 a.m. local time as the driver of the other vehicle was heading the opposite direction. According to investigators, Terry Hill, 31, crossed the center line and struck the students’ car.

Anna Ascencion, 17, and Cameron Hedrick, 19, were found dead at the scene of the accident. Hill was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in stable condition. According to The Dispatch, speed was not a factor, but Hill was charged with a DWI. Other charges for Hill are pending.

Highway 47 was shut down for much of the day as investigators tried to piece together what happened during the accident, reports The Dispatch.

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol-impaired driving fatalities decreased by 1.4 percent from 2013 to 2014. Here are some additional stats from the NHTSA:

  • There were 9,967 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2014, accounting for 31 percent of the overall motor vehicle fatalities in 2014.
  • Fatalities in rural crashes totaled 16,710 in 2014.
  • Over the past 10 years, there has been a reduction of nearly 25 percent in the number of fatalities on the United States’ roadways.

Bicyclist Injured after Struck by Car of OSU Assistant Coach

Joseph Meaney2 days ago

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According to Cleveland.com, an Ohio State University student was struck by the car of assistant football coach Greg Schiano while riding his bicycle on campus Thursday morning.

Accident still being Investigated by Police

The 26-year-old student was turning onto Fred Taylor Drive off of West Lane Avenue when he was struck by Schiano. Cleveland.com reports that the bicyclist sustained a head injury and was transported to the hospital. The student is in stable condition.

Schiano, who is in his first year as defensive coordinator for The Ohio State University Buckeyes, was not harmed in the incident, according to Cleveland.com.

Bicycle Crash Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 743 pedalcyclists were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013. In addition,

  • An estimated 48,000 pedalcyclists were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2013.
  • Sixty-eight percent of all pedalcyclists who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 died in urban area crashes.
  • Most pedalcyclist fatalities occurred at non-intersections (57%) in 2013.

Sports Eye Safety Pt. 3: What To Do In The Event Of An Eye Injury

Kati Scanlon2 days ago

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The third part in the Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month series will be on what to do in the event of sports-related eye injuries. In the previous parts of this series how to prevent and identify eye injuries was covered, so if an eye injury does occur it is important to know what to do prior to getting them professionally treated.

What To Do When An Eye Injury Occurs

Before specific eye injuries are covered, there are a few things to keep in mind no matter what type of eye injury is identified. According to American Academy of Ophthalmology, for any eye injury:

  • Never touch, apply pressure, or rub affected eye.
  • If something is stuck in affected eye, do not remove.
  • Do not apply any type of medication to affected eye.
  • See a medical professional, such as an ophthalmologist, as soon as possible.

Additional Measures for Specific Eye Injuries

What to do for specific injuries is explained below:

Cut or puncture wound

  • Place a shield over the eye until medical attention can be received.
  • Do not flush eye with water, remove object if stuck in the eye, rub, or apply pressure to the eye.
  • Do not give any non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug, such as ibuprofen, and they thin the blood and can increase bleeding.
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you get a foreign particle in your eye

  • Do not rub the affected eye.
  • Instead, lift the upper eyelid and blink several times to see if particle is flushed out naturally via tears.
  • If foreign item remains, then medical attention should be sought.

If a blow to the eye occurred

  • If swelling and pain are experience, then apply a cold compress.
  • Do not apply pressure to affected eye.
  • Even a light blow to the eye can be more serious than it appears, so if a black eye occurs, if vision is impaired, or if pain is experienced, medical attention should still be sought as soon as possible.

If small debris enters the eye

  • Try to flush the eye out. This can be done using an eye wash or other source of water.
  • Do not rub the eye.
  • If debris does not come out of the eye, then bandage the eye and seek medical attention.

Pedestrian Killed After Hit by Police Vehicle

Joseph Meaney2 days ago

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, a 32-year-old man was killed by a police vehicle when he attempted to cross a street during a strong storm in Salt Lake City.

Poor Visibility Reported in the Area of Accident

Police say the man was crossing 1300 South, east of the intersection with Main Street, when he was struck by a Unified Police Department truck at approximately 11:00 p.m. local time. The collision caused the man to be thrown into the opposite lanes where he was hit by a separate vehicle.

The accident occurred during a severe rain storm that had knocked out power, causing the street lights to go dark. Authorities believe the darkness played a role in the accident, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. In addition, the man was wearing dark clothes and was not using the crosswalk.

The man, whose name is currently being withheld pending notification of family, died at the scene of the crash.

Pedestrian Traffic Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrians killed and an estimated 65,000 injured in traffic crashes in the United States.
    • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.
  • In 2014, 15 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians.
  • More than two-thirds (70%) of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2014 were males.
  • 24 percent of pedestrian fatalities in 2014 occurred between 9:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.

Six High School Students Hospitalized after Car Crash

Joseph Meaney2 days ago

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According to WFAA, two pickup trucks driven by high school students crashed into each other, sending six of the student occupants to the hospital in Cleburne, Texas, on Thursday morning.

Teens Admit “Horse playing” on the Road

The students involved in the crash were on their way to get wood pallets for the Cleburne High School homecoming bonfire scheduled later that night.

On their way, at around 9:15 a.m. off of FM 1434, one of the pickup trucks passed the other truck in a no-passing zone and was summarily hit from behind. According to WFAA, the collision sent both trucks off the road, one of which hit a concrete drain and rolled over.

Six of the seven students in the two vehicles were sent to Texas Harris Methodist Hospital. According to WFAA, the status of the students’ injuries are unknown.

The 17-year-old driver of the pickup truck that made the illegal pass was cited, reports WFAA.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),

  • In 2014, there were 32,675 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • An estimated 2.34 million people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014.
  • Fatalities in rural crashes decreased by 5.8 percent from 2013 to 2014, while those in urban crashes increased by 2.4 percent.
  • People killed in roadway departure crashes decreased by 2.8 percent in 2014.

Two Injured in Garbage Truck Crash

Joseph Meaney2 days ago


According to New Jersey On-Line, two people were injured after a garbage truck slams into five vehicles at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and Route 36 in Port Monmouth, New Jersey.

Summons Could be Issued after Investigation

Police say the garbage truck driver caused the multi-vehicle crash after swerving to avoid another vehicle.

Two people suffered injuries from the crash and were transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center.

According to New Jersey On-Line, the police are still investigating the incident and have yet to issue any summons.

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics 

The following statistics are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, there were 32,675 people who died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • In 2014, 2.34 million people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014.
  • For those passenger vehicle occupants who survived fatal crashes in 2014, only 15 percent were unrestrained.

82-Year-Old Uber Driver Killed by Speeding Lamborghini

Joseph Meaney2 days ago


According to the Palm Beach Post, an 82-year-old man was killed in a car crash after a speeding Lamborghini slams into his SUV.

Alcohol and Speed Likely Factors in Crash, says Investigators

J. Gerald Smith was on his way home to dinner with his wife when his SUV was crushed by a driver in a Lamborghini. The Palm Beach Post reports that the driver of the Lamborghini, 60-year-old health club mogul Roger Wittenberns, had been drinking in downtown Delray Beach with his girlfriend prior to the crash.

According to police, Wittenberns and his girlfriend were speeding north on Federal Highway, his girlfriend traveling in a matching yellow Porsche, when the accident occurred.

Wittenberns slammed into the front of Smith’s SUV and was ejected from his car. Both Smith and Wittenberns were transported to the hospital, but Smith died soon after arrival. According to the Palm Beach Post, Wittenberns is in critical condition at Delray Medical Center.

Smith was an active and highly rated Uber driver in the area.

A police spokeswoman says it’s too early to tell if charges will be brought upon Wittenberns or his girlfriend for the accident, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Impaired Driving Statistics

The following information is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • In 2014, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving
    • This figure accounts for nearly one-third (31%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Every day, 28 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • Twenty-four percent of alcohol-impaired drivers in fatal crashes in 2014 had a previous license suspension or revocation (within just the last 3 years, for alcohol-related and non-alcohol-related offenses), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

One Dead, One Injured after Car Slams Truck on Highway Shoulder

Joseph Meaney2 days ago


According to News 4 SA, a man was killed when a car lost control and slammed into the back of his truck parked on the shoulder of Loop 410 in San Antonio.

Driver of Car in her Late Teens

The driver of the car was traveling northbound on Loop 410 near New Sulphur Springs Road when she lost control of her car while switching lanes and overcorrected. She crashed into a truck and a man, Robert Corley Cornish, 32, who was standing behind the trailer of his truck.

Cornish died of his injuries, reports News 4 SA. The driver of the car sustained serious injuries and was flown to University Hospital in critical condition.

The crash occurred at approximately 5:35 p.m. on Thursday. According to News 4 SA, the crash is under investigation.

Texas Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following information is provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

  • In 2014, there were 3,534 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the state of Texas.
  • Based on reportable crashes in 2014,
    • 1 person was killed every 2 hours and 29 minutes
    • 1 person was injured every 2 minutes 13 seconds
    • 1 reportable crash occurred every 66 seconds
  • In 2014, there were 13,675 serious injury crashes in Texas with 17,152 people sustaining a serious injury.
  • There were 483 people killed in crashes involving distracted driving in 2014.

Motorcyclist Dead, Two Pedestrians Injured after Crash

Joseph Meaney2 days ago


According to CBS Boston, a man on a motorcycle is dead after striking two people crossing the road and then being hit by a car in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Police Searching for Motorist who Fled Scene

Police say William Bickford, 64, started the deadly chain reaction of crashes when he struck two people who were in a crosswalk on Route 114. After hitting the two pedestrians, Bickford lost control of his motorcycle and was ejected onto the road, according to CBS Boston.

It was then that a Mercedes Benz, according to police, struck and killed Bickford before fleeing the scene of the accident.

The driver of the car may not have known that he struck someone in the road, reports the Boston Globe. Police are currently seeking out the driver of the car.

The accident occurred at around 12:30 a.m. local time on Thursday. The pedestrians, a man and woman in their 20s, were transported to the hospital with serious injuries, reports CBS Boston.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, there were 4,884 pedestrians killed and an estimated 65,000 injured in traffic crashes in the United States.
  • On average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.
  • More than two-thirds of the pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2014 were males.
  • Eighteen percent of the pedestrians killed in 2014 were struck in crashes that involved hit-and-run drivers.
  • Alcohol involvement – for the driver and/or the pedestrian – was reported in 48 percent of the traffic crashes that resulted in pedestrian fatalities in 2014.

Motorcyclist Crashes into Bicyclist, Both Riders Hospitalized

Joseph Meaney2 days ago


According to the Tribune-Democrat, two people were hospitalized after a motorcyclist and bicyclist crash in rural Windber, Pennsylvania.

Cause of Crash Unknown

State police are working to reconstruct the accident and figure out the cause. The crash occurred at approximately 4:42 p.m. local time near the 1800 block of Seanor Road in Paint Township.

The two people in the wreck sustained severe injuries, according to the Tribune-Democrat. They were transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center.

Motorcyclist and Bicyclist Crash Statistics

The following information regarding motorcyclist and bicyclist motor vehicle crash statistics are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • In 2014, 726 pedalcyclists were killed and an estimated 50,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • 4,295 motorcyclists died in crashes in 2014 and an estimated 92,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • Sixty-eight percent of all pedalcyclists who died in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 died in urban area crashes (NHTSA).
  • Motorcycle deaths accounted for 13 percent of all motor vehicle crash deaths in 2014 and were more than double the number of motorcyclist deaths in 1997 (IIHS).