Two Dead, Including a Teen Boy, in Head-On Car Crash
According to The Mercury News, a woman and teenage boy are dead following a potential drunk driving crash in San Jose, California, on Sunday.
Details of Fatal Collision
Jessica Marie Zamora, 25, was driving west on Capitol Avenue at around 12:30 a.m. when the tragic accident happened. For reasons currently unknown, Zamora crossed over the center dividing line and struck an oncoming vehicle.
The Mercury News reports that the oncoming vehicle was driven by a man with his wife and teenage son. Everyone involved in the head-on wreck was transported to the hospital for treatment. Zamora and a 14-year-old boy succumbed to their injuries.
The man and woman in the other vehicle were treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to The Mercury News. Although the investigation into the fatal crash is ongoing, police believe alcohol played a role in the crash, associated with Zamora. The two deaths are the 49th and 50th traffic fatalities in San Jose this year.
Alcohol-impaired Driving Statistics
The following information regarding impaired driving is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- In 2014, 9,967 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the United States.
- Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities decreased by 1.4 percent from 2013 to 2014.
- Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities have accounted for 30 to 32 percent of all crash fatalities since 1995.
- Over 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics in 2014 (CDC).