About the Fatal Car Accident
The car crash occurred at the intersection of Lawrence Road and Clum Road at around 5:50 p.m. local time. Lisa M. Alexander, 29, was driving east on Clum Road with her eight-year-old son, Gavin Reed, when their vehicle was hit by a pickup truck traveling south on Lawrence Road.
Officials say the truck driver, 31-year-old Richard J. Ortiz, failed to yield to Alexander’s car. Alexander’s car was pushed off the road and into a cemetery, where it struck multiple headstones. The Lima News reports that boy suffered life-threatening injuries and was hospitalized. The eight-year-child died from injuries sustained in the crash later that day. Alexander suffered from serious but non-life-threatening injuries and remains in stable condition.
According to The Lima News, alcohol and drugs did not play a role in the fatal wreck. Every occupant involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. It is unknown if charges will be filed in the incident.
Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics
In 2015, there were 35,092 motor vehicle traffic fatalities on U.S. roadways. The following information regarding motor vehicle crashes is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- The largest percentage increase of motor vehicle traffic fatalities in nearly 50 years occurred between 2014 and 2015, increasing 7.2 percent.
- In 2015, approximately 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle wrecks.
- Passenger vehicle occupant fatalities increased by 1,391, or 6.6 percent, between 2014 and 2015.
- The total number of police-reported traffic crashes increased by 3.8 percent between 2014 and 2015.