NBC Dallas/ Fort Worth reports that four family members died August 8 in a head-on collision while traveling in New Mexico.
The victims were listed as 47-year-old Michael Miller and 48-year-old Leann Miller, and their children, 12-year-old Zoey Miller, and 7-year-old Miles,
Authorities Suspect Driver Fatigue
Investigators report that the family died in head-on collision with another motorist, identified as Brian Lee, along Highway 550 about 20 miles south of Bloomfiled.
24-year old Brian Lee was reported to be fatigued during the incident that killed the family of four. Lee survived the incident with no life – threatening injuries.
The only person who was wearing a seatbelt was Michael Miller. The Miller family is survived by son, Cory Dixon.
Car Crash Statistics
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%.
- Though air bags provide added protection, they are not a substitute for seat belts. Air bags and seat belts together provide the greatest protection for adults.
- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that young males ages 16-29 are more likely to drive while fatigued/drowsy.
- Driving while fatigued causes slower reaction times, reduces vigilance, and causes deficits in information processing.