Two Atlanta area teens were killed Saturday
when their car collided with a Georgia state police cruiser. Kylie Lindsey, 17, and Isabella Chinchilla,
16, were killed when the Nissan Sentra in which they were passengers collided
with the patrol car. The driver of the Nissan and another passenger were
treated at Grady Medical Center in Atlanta. Their injuries and conditions
were not reported. The trooper, who has not yet been identified, also
sustained minor injuries.
The four teens were driving through Carrol County around 11:30pm, when
they pulled onto Highway 27, in front of the trooper. The Nissan turned
in front of the patrol car, and the trooper crashed into the back of the
sedan. The trooper was on patrol, but was not answering a call nor running
the car’s emergency lights. Lindsay and Chinchilla were both sitting
in the back seat. Lindsay, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown
from the car. As of now, no one has been charged, as the crash is still
under investigation. A preliminary report seems to suggest that the Nissan
failed to yield to the patrol car, and that the teens simply did not see
it. It is not yet clear how fast the patrol car was going.
Nighttime Deadliest Time to Be on the Road
Nighttime traffic volume is only about half of what daytime driving volume
its. Despite this, the
National Safety Council estimates that 62% of all traffic deaths nationwide occur at night. Of the more
than 50,000 motor vehicle deaths in the US, 31,000 of them occurred in
the dark, compared to 19,000 during daylight hours. In addition to this,
a majority of nighttime fatalities occur in rural areas, with only 12,000
of the 31,000 nighttime fatalities occurring in urban areas, compared
to 19,000 for rural areas. Some of the major causes of nighttime traffic
fatalities can include:
Defective rear lights
Crashes Continue to Take Lives
Teens remain one of the most at-risk age groups for nighttime fatalities.
Young people age 15-24 and the elderly age 75 and over make up 33% of
all nighttime traffic fatalities, and have a death rate twice as high
as other age groups. Additionally, those in the 15-24 age group make up
half of those involved in a ‘collision with a fixed object.’
Night driving is the most risky during the months of July and August,
as well as late Friday night and early Saturday, with 1 am being the most
deadly hour for nighttime traffic fatalities, as intoxication is more
likely to play a role in accidents during these times. Furthermore, over
58% of all nighttime teen crashes occur between 9pm and midnight.
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