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Driver Charged in Fatal 15-Passenger Van Accident

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Cydney Patterson1 year ago

According to Reuters, a man is facing six counts of manslaughter following a van accident that left six dead and several others injured.

Details of the Fatal Accident

Early Saturday morning, at around 12:30am, a van carrying sixteen occupants overturned and crashed into a 2016 Toyota Camry, injuring ten people and killing six others. Four men, a woman, and a child were among the deceased.

It was also stated in a separate article that the victims of the crash were not wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. The driver, Wenceslao Cruz-Marquez, 50, of Chicago, was said to be in serious condition. It is reported by police that the six passengers who were killed were not wearing seatbelts.

The names of the victims have yet to be released and will be withheld until next of kin is notified for each of the victims. The driver of the Toyota Camry is said to have not been injured.

Cruz-Marquez now faces six counts of involuntary manslaughter and has been charged with reckless driving, Driver fatigue is considered to be a factor in the crash.

There will be more updates as the story continues.

Large Passenger Vans Prone to Accidents

The following information was provided by the New York Times:

  • A 15-passenger van with 10 or more occupants has a rollover rate nearly three times higher than one carrying fewer than five people.
  • In 2007, occupant fatalities in 15-passenger vans in all crashes increased nearly 20 percent over the previous year. But in vans that actually rolled over, fatalities had increased by 73 percent.
  • A number of factors contribute to the higher risk of rollover in a 15-passenger van.
  • Adding passengers and cargo moves the center of gravity higher and toward the rear of the vehicle, causing instability and the potential for drivers to lose control during emergency handling maneuvers.
  • Electronic stability control systems are now required on all new vehicles, including 15-passenger vans.
  • Also, motorists often lack experience driving large vans, which handle differently than smaller cars and light trucks because of their dimensions.
  • Tires can also be a problem. The agency estimates that 30 percent of these vans have at least one tire that is significantly underinflated.
  • NHTSA. also found that in 15-passenger van rollover crashes, about 80 percent of occupants killed between 2003 and 2007 were not wearing seatbelts.


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