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