Teen Killed in Wheeler County Crash
Details of the Wheeler County Crash
According to the Amarillo Globe-News, the crash occurred around 6:45 pm when Kynna Peers, 15, lost control of a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe on County Road 4. The car left the road and rolled over multiple times before coming to a rest.
Peers was pronounced dead at the scene. Her two passengers, Hannah Shepard, 16, and Heather Bell, 18, were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. Preliminary reports indicate all three girls were wearing seat belts.
Authorities do believe speed was a contributing factor in the crash.
Texas Auto Accident Statistics
The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):
- 3,531 traffic-related fatalities were recorded in Texas in 2015. This averages to one death every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
- 1,925 deaths were attributed to rural traffic crashes and 1,255 were the result of singe vehicle, run-off the road crashes.
- An additional 246,335 people were injured in auto accidents in 2015, or about one injury every 2 minutes and 8 seconds.