An Azle High School senior was killed in a car accident on Monday while on her way to meet her friends.
Details about the Fatal Accident Involving the Student
According to Azle Police, the student, 18-year-old Cassidy Zips, was driving a Ford Explorer heading south when she began to approach the hill on the 1200 block of FM 730. Apparently, Zips tried to avoid hitting another vehicle on the roadway that may have been in her lane.
The Ford Explorer moved quickly to the right and it is beleived she over corrected. The vehicle started to slide and veered back to the left, eventually crossing the center lane directly into the lanes of oncoming traffic. Her vehicle was hit head-on by a pickup truck.
The woman and the child in the pickup truck that collided with the victim’s vehicle were also injured, but police would not release any of the details about the vehicle that Cassidy may have been trying to avoid.
According to investigators, at this time, Cassidy’s death appears to have just been a horrible accident. Not much else is known about the accident, but police are fairly certain that Cassidy was not distracted at the time of the accident.
Important Information about Teenage Drivers
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Teenagers are more likely than older drivers to underestimate dangerous situation while driving, or they may be more likely to not recognize unsafe driving conditions at all.
- Teenagers have the lowest rate of seat belt use when compared with other age groups.
- The risk of car accidents is higher among those ages 16-19 than it is for any other age group.