Two Dead, Two Injured in Teenage Driver Crash

two firefighters investigating two severely damaged cars in a wreck with ambulance in foreground

According to News 5, two people are dead and two others are injured in a crash caused by a reckless teenage driver in Antioch, Tennessee, on Tuesday morning.

About the Fatal Car Crash

The fiery, fatal car accident occurred on Murfreesboro Pike near Mountain Springs Drive at around 7 a.m. local time. A 16-year-old boy with a female passenger was driving at high speeds when it swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid an SUV that pulled into his lane.

Officials say the teenage driver struck the SUV before driving into the opposing lanes and hitting two oncoming cars head-on. News 5 reports that the driver of one of the cars, 44-year-old Miguel A. Lopez Rodriguez, died at the scene. His wife sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

The boy’s car continued off the road following the collision before bursting into flames, reports News 5. A good Samaritan was able to remove the driver from the car but not the female passenger. She would be pronounced dead at the scene.

Both teens are presumed to be students at Antioch High School, where they were heading before the crash occurred. According to News 5, the boy is facing two counts of vehicular homicide.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics

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

  • 35,092 people died 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 suffered injuries 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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