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One Dead, Four Others Injured in Deadly Head-on Car Crash


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According to KATV, a 19-year-old woman died and four others sustained injuries following a devastating head-on wreck on Interstate 530 in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

Details of the Fatal Accident

Police say the two-car accident occurred at around 3:10 p.m. on Thursday afternoon near mile marker 20. Darrykha Dukes, 19, and her passenger, Olivia Perez-Porch, 19, drove southbound on Interstate 530 when the vehicle crossed over the median.

The vehicle went through a cable barrier and struck another vehicle head-on in the northbound lanes. Perez-Porch sustained significant injuries from the crash and succumbed to her injuries at a hospital, according to KATV.

Dukes also sustained injuries in the crash and received treatment at a hospital. Brian and Brittany Thompson along with an unnamed minor were injured and transported to a hospital. KATV reports that some of the crash victims were ejected from the vehicle during the wreck.

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

The following information regarding motor vehicle accidents in 2014 is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

  • 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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