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Traffic Accident Kills Father of PGA Player

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Abi Reyes2 years ago

The father of professional golfer was fatally injured Tuesday evening after his vehicle overturned in Amarillo, Texas.

About the Fatal Amarillo Accident

ABC News reports Charles Franklin “Butch” Palmer of Amarillo was involved in a fatal traffic accident on Tuesday night when his SUV rolled over. Charles Palmer was the 71-year-old father of professional golfer Ryan Palmer.

The accident occurred 2 miles north of Amarillo, said the Texas Department of Public Safety (TDPS).

Palmer was driving through State Loop 335 when his vehicle veered left off the highway. According to TDPS, Charles Palmer overcorrected his driving and lost control of his SUV. The SUV rolled several times.

Palmer was not wearing a seat belt, causing him to be expelled from the SUV. Palmer died at the scene.

Texas Traffic Accident Statistics

  • In 2013, the Texas population of 26,448,193 experienced 3,044 fatal crashes and 3,382 deaths.
  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), In the U.S. there were 30,057 fatal motor vehicle crashes in which 32,719 deaths occurred.
  • This caused in national vehicle death rates of 10.3 deaths per 100,000 people.
  • About 57 percent of motor vehicle deaths happened in single-vehicle crashes. 


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