19-year-old Hunter Schwertner and 60-year-old George Wilke died in Floyd County on Wednesday as a result of a three-vehicle collision.
About the Floyd County Car Accident
According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the crash occurred shortly before 8 pm along Texas 207.
Hunter Schwertner was traveling at a high rate of speed when he struck a vehicle driven Nancy Cooper, 49, from behind. After striking Cooper, Schwertner’s 2006 Chevy Silverado traveled into oncoming traffic and slammed head-on into George Wilke’s 1996 Jeep Cherokee.
Wilke and Schwertner were both pronounced dead at the scene. Wilke’s passenger, Robert Wilke, Nancy Cooper were both transported to University Medical Center with serious injuries.
Authorities believe that speed could be a contributing factor of the crash.
About Car Accidents
- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Texas recorded a total of 3,398 fatalities in 2012 – more than any other state.
- From 2011 to 2012, Texas motor vehicle fatalities rose 6.6 percent.
- National totals for traffic related fatalities increased by 3.3 percent in 2012 to 33,561 deaths. 32,479 traffic related deaths were recorded in 2011.
- According to the Texas Department of Transportation, The fatality rate on Texas roadways for 2013 was 1.40 deaths per hundred million vehicle miles traveled, resulting in a total of 3,377 deaths.