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Police Search for Driver that Caused Fatal Accident Involving Two other Vehicles


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According to The Modesto Bee, police are looking for a driver that caused a two-vehicle fatal accident that claimed the lives of three people in Tuolumne County, California, on Friday.

Officials Reviewing Surveillance Videos for Clues

California Highway Patrol believes a vehicle illegally passed a Toyota Camry traveling north over a solid double-yellow line on La Grange Road around 4:30 p.m. local time. A Lexus SUV traveling south at the same time swerved to avoid the driver, driving into the shoulder and overturning onto the roadway.

According to The Modesto Bee, the Toyota Camry slammed into the roof of the flipped Lexus SUV. The driver of the Lexus, 16-year-old Trista Hoffman, and her mother, 51-year-old Tina Hoffman, died in the collision. A passenger in the Toyota Camry, 72-year-old Rheinholt Eisemann, received treatment at Sonora Regional Medical Center but died from his injuries.

Three other passengers in the vehicles sustained minor to major injuries, reports The Modesto Bee.

Police believe the vehicle that caused the crash is a white 2014-2016 model year Acura crossover SUV.

Motor Vehicle Accident Statistics

Courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), here are some facts regarding motor vehicle crashes in 2014:

  • An estimated 2.34 million people were injured 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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