Details of the Fatal Accident
According to WHIO, White was one of three passengers riding in a 1998 Subaru Legacy that was turning left off of Ohio 4 onto Bath Road when it was hit broadside by a 2008 Chevrolet Impala around 3:50 PM on Thursday.
Michael White, aged 29, was driving the Legacy with two other passengers: Charley White, 30, and Dameon White, 10 months. The baby was in a child safety seat, but none of the three men were wearing their seat belts.
Brendan Bannon, 18, of Dayton, was driving the Impala with passengers Tommy Sims, 19, and Jailon Curtis, aged 17.
Whilst Jeffrey White was pronounced dead on the scene, Michael and Charley White were taken to Miami Valley Hospital, along with Curtis and Sims. Bannan was taken to Soin Medical Center in Beavercreek, and the baby was taken to Dayton Children’s Hospital. None of them suffered life-threatening injuries.
According to a statement released by the Ohio State Patrol’s Xenia post, the investigation, which closed the southbound lanes of state Route 4 for three hours after the accident, is ongoing.
National Auto Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- 32,719 people were killed in auto accident in the United States in 2013 – a slight decrease from the 33,782 deaths reported in 2012.
- 21,132 of those killed in auto accidents in 2013 were occupants of passenger vehicles.
- An additional 2,313,000 people were injured in auto accidents.