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7-Year-Old Dead, Another Injured after Car Crash


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According to the Akron Beacon Journal, a weekend car crash left one 7-year-old dead and another injured after their vehicle slammed into a minivan on an exit ramp.

Alcohol does not appear to be a Factor

The collision occurred when a 34-year-old woman in a Honda Accord failed to keep an assured clear distance from the vehicle in front of her, striking the minivan of a 49-year-old woman. The two injured children were in the Honda Accord and were not restrained by seat belts.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports that one 7-year-old boy died of his wounds sustained during the accident. The other boy was seriously injured and transported to Akron Children’s Hospital by helicopter in stable condition.

According to the sheriff’s office, alcohol did not appear to play a role in the deadly crash.

Children-involved Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 32,719 traffic fatalities in 2013, 1,149 (4%) were children. In addition,

  • An estimated 172,000 children were injured in traffic crashes in 2013, a 2-percent increase from 2012.
  • On average, 3 children were killed and an estimated 470 children were injured every day in traffic crashes.
  • Boys accounted for 55 percent of child traffic fatalities and an estimated 48 percent of children injured in traffic crashes.
  • Lap/shoulder seat belts, when used, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat occupants (age 5 and older) of passenger cars by 45 percent.

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