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Highway Cop Slams into Car – Teen Killed

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Lilly Lentz1 year ago

According to CBS News, a highway patrol officer crashed into a vehicle on Tuesday, killing a teenager.

About the Fatal Car Crash

In Northern California, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer crashed into a stopped vehicle last Tuesday. According to authorities, the CHP officer was driving a mobile road enforcement truck while traveling down Interstate 5. The officer was looking at his computer and hadn’t noticed that traffic had stopped when he crashed into the vehicle.

A 15-year-old boy was killed as a result of the crash. According to CBS Chico affiliate KHSL-TV, the teen was the passenger in a Hyundai Elantra. The Hyundai was stopped in a construction zone on Interstate 5 near Orlando. The boy who was killed has been identified as Weston Sites. Sites was from the town of Willows, California. According to the Chico-Enterprise Record newspaper, an additional two teenagers were taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California as a result of the accident, as well.

According to CHP Sargent Tony Odell, when the CHP officer driving the enforcement truck looked up from his computer, traffic was slowing to a stop. The officer tried to apply his brakes in time; however, the CHP officer still rear-ended the Hyundai. From the impact of the enforcement truck, the Hyundai got pushed into two other stopped vehicles that were in front of it.

CHP officers have stated that a separate accident investigation team will be taking care of the investigation of the collision.  

California Traffic Death Statistics

According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System Encyclopedia:

  • In 1020, the total number of fatal car crashes in California was 2,500.
  • The total number of traffic deaths in California in 2010 was 2,715.
  • The total number of pedestrians killed in California in 2010 was 599.
  • The total traffic-related fatality rate for California in 2010 was 7.27 fatalities per 100,000 people, which was very low for California.
  • In 2010, 511 deaths were of the passenger.
  • 2% of traffic deaths in California in 2010 involved kids between the ages of 10-15.
  • In 2010, 803 fatal car crashes involved a collision with another motor vehicle.
  • In 2010, 138 fatal car crashes occurred on a rural interstate in California, while 1,983 occurred on an urban interstate. 


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