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Two Teens Killed in Weekend Crash

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

  • Defective headlights

  • Fog

  • Driver fatigue

  • Intoxication

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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