News sources have reported that a Louisiana man is being charged with two counts of reckless homicide after being involved in a crash that left two North Carolina girls dead.
About the Fatal Accident
The Louisiana man, 47-year-old Neil Dejean, was driving a black Mercedes at the time of the crash. He had three passengers with him in the car.
Dejean’s Mercedes collided with a red minivan carrying a family of five. Two girls, ages 11 and 7, were pronounced dead at the scene. Two adults and another child were hospitalized. Dejean and two of his passengers were also hospitalized.
The accident occurred on Highway 17 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Upon a search of Dejean’s car after the crash, police found an open container of alcohol. However, Dejean was not charged with driving under the influence.
Due to the deaths of the young girls, Dejean is facing two charges of reckless homicide. In addition, South Carolina Highway Patrol officers are still investigating the accident.
National Fatal Car Accident Statistics
The following information has been provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- A total of 32,719 people died in motor vehicle accidents in 2013
- 767 of these fatalities occurred in the state of South Carolina
- 36% of fatalities involved two or more motor vehicles in transport
- 4,593 deaths occurred on freeways or interstates
- Out of every 100,000 drivers, about 15 died in a car accident