Crash Still under Investigation
Kyra Connolly, 17, was driving near her high school at approximately 10:00 a.m. when she crossed to the wrong side of the road. Her vehicle sideswiped another vehicle and then slammed head-on with a delivery truck.
Connolly, a senior at Castle View High School, died at the scene, according to KDVR. The driver of the truck was transported to a hospital with minor injuries, and the driver of the sideswiped vehicle was uninjured.
KDVR reports that police are unsure what caused Connolly to start driving on the wrong side of the road.
Information on Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 32,675 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States in 2014. In addition,
- 34 million people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014.
- 21,022 passenger vehicle occupants died in 2014, the lowest amount on record.
- 17,791 people were killed in roadway departure accidents, which includes crashes in which vehicles ran off the road, crossed the centerline or median, went airborne, or hit a fixed object.