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Two Dead, Three Injured in Christmas Day Head-on Collision

two cars involved in a crash resulting in severe damage

According to Fox 59, a woman and her son were killed after being hit by a car involved in a drag race in Syracuse, Indiana, on the evening of Christmas Day.

Details of Fatal Car Crash

Stephen T. Conrad, 67, was driving near the intersection of County Road 1200 North and Syracuse/Webster Road at around 6:13 p.m. local time when the wreck occurred. In the vehicle with Conrad was his 32-year-old son, Stephen, and his wife, Kimberly. When he reached the intersection, the family’s vehicle was struck by a car driving in the wrong lane.

Witnesses say the car, driven by 26-year-old Mickgomery W. Hisey, was attempting to pass another vehicle westbound while cresting a hill before arriving at the intersection. Stephen T. Conrad II and Kimberly R. Conrad died at the scene, reports Fox 59. The elder Conrad require extrication from the vehicle and was taken to Lutheran Hospital with serious injuries.

Hisey was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in critical condition, and his passenger, 23-year-old Brody Jordan, was taken to Lutheran Hospital in serious condition, according to Fox 59. The crash remains under investigation. Initial findings show that Hisey was participating in a drag race in the wrong lane when he struck the Conrads’ vehicle.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people were killed in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015.
    • This is an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014 – the largest increase in nearly 50 years.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people were injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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