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One Teenager Killed, Three Others Injured in Accident

Jonathan Hernandez9 months ago

An Iowa high school student was killed and three others were sent to the hospital after an accident.

Details about the Fatal Accident

Multiple sources are reporting that a student from Tri-Center High School was killed and three others were sent to the hospital after a crash that happened in Neola, Iowa on Monday.

According to police, the accident happened at about 5:40 p.m.

14-year-old Gage Williams has been identified as the teenager who was killed in the accident, according to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office. The driver of the vehicle at the time of the accident was 18-year-old Kael Karagianis. Also in the vehicle was 16-year-old Kaden Karagianis, and 16-year-old Jordan Macias.

The boys had just left school in a black Ford F-150 pickup truck and were headed south on Railroad Highway, according to police. Sergeant Steve Winchell of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office indicated that, according to witnesses, the driver of the vehicle lost control for unknown reasons, went sideways, and then entered into a ditch before rolling at least once.

At this point in the investigation, investigators are unsure if seatbelts were in use at the time of the accident.

Important Information about Teenage Drivers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of teenagers in the United States every year:

  • The motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 16-19 was nearly twice that of their female counterparts in the United States in 2013.
  • Teenagers are more likely to underestimate dangerous situation than older, more experienced drivers.
  • When compared to other age groups, teenagers had the lowest rate of seat belt use.

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