20-Year-Old Woman Dies after Car Collision, Ejection from Vehicle
Alcohol not believed to be a Factor
Angelica Matamoros, 20, drove south on U.S. Highway 61 at around 6:00 p.m. when the accident occurred. Matamoros crossed the center dividing line and slammed head-on into an SUV traveling northbound.
WWLTV reports that Matamoros, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from her vehicle during the crash. After being ejected from her vehicle, she was struck by another driver in a pickup truck. Matamoros died at the scene of the wreck.
The driver of the SUV, 23-year-old Norman Porter, sustained moderate injuries in the collision and received treatment at a local hospital. The driver of the pickup truck did not sustain injuries, reports WWLTV.
Police say the fatality may have been prevented if Matamoros wore a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Information on Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes
Courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here are some facts regarding motor vehicle crashes in 2014:
- An estimated 2.34 million people sustained injuries in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
- For passenger vehicle occupants who survived fatal crashes in 2014, only 15 percent were unrestrained.
- Over the past 10 years, there has been a reduction of nearly 25 percent in the number of fatalities on the United States’ roadways.