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Two High School Students Killed in Head-On Car Crash


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According to The Dispatch, two high school students were driving to school when they were struck and killed by an oncoming vehicle on Highway 47 in North Carolina.

Driver Charged with a DWI

The two students were traveling on Highway 47 towards Central Davidson High School at around 7:30 a.m. local time as the driver of the other vehicle was heading the opposite direction. According to investigators, Terry Hill, 31, crossed the center line and struck the students’ car.

Anna Ascencion, 17, and Cameron Hedrick, 19, were found dead at the scene of the accident. Hill was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in stable condition. According to The Dispatch, speed was not a factor, but Hill was charged with a DWI. Other charges for Hill are pending.

Highway 47 was shut down for much of the day as investigators tried to piece together what happened during the accident, reports The Dispatch.

Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol-impaired driving fatalities decreased by 1.4 percent from 2013 to 2014. Here are some additional stats from the NHTSA:

  • There were 9,967 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in 2014, accounting for 31 percent of the overall motor vehicle fatalities in 2014.
  • Fatalities in rural crashes totaled 16,710 in 2014.
  • Over the past 10 years, there has been a reduction of nearly 25 percent in the number of fatalities on the United States’ roadways.

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