Motorist Causes Multi-vehicle Crash Resulting in Three Injuries

severely damaged car after wreck with responding ambulance

According to WJXT, a woman in a van caused a chain-reaction, multiple-vehicle wreck that left three drivers with injuries in Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday morning.

Details of the Injury Accident

The driver of the van, 46-year-old Myrra Garabiles, traveled east on Interstate 295 at around 11:36 a.m. when she caused the crash. Garabiles changed lanes and clipped the vehicle of 18-year-old Pheang Kim, causing the chain reaction crash.

WJXT reports that Kim’s vehicle was sent across the median into oncoming traffic where he slammed into a semi-truck and an SUV. The SUV, driven by 72-year-old James Young, flipped over onto its roof.

The resulting collision sent the tractor-trailer crashing through the median and into eastbound traffic. The driver of the semi-truck, 59-year-old Christopher Kilgore, sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Kim and Young suffered from serious injuries and received treatment at Orange Park Medical Center. According to WJXT, officials charged Garabiles with improper lane change.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

The following statistics on motor vehicle crashes in 2014 are provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • In 2014, 32,675 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
  • An estimated 2.34 million people sustained injuries in motor vehicle traffic crashes.
  • For passenger vehicle occupants who survived fatal crashes in 2014, only 15 percent were unrestrained.
  • Over the past 10 years, there has been a reduction of nearly 25 percent in the number of fatalities on the United States’ roadways.

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