One Killed in Tragic Rollover Crash on Interstate 64 in Newport News, Virginia (VA)
NEWPORT NEWS, VA- Wavy.com writes that a driver is facing charges following a tragic crash that killed a passenger this week on Interstate 64. The early morning collision took place in Newport News when a car overturned in the westbound traffic lanes of the interstate.*
The driver, identified as a 21-year-old man, reportedly veered off the road and collided with a guardrail. The car then flipped over and landed upside down.
A passenger in the car, identified as a 22-year-old from Riverdale, Georgia, died at the scene. Another passenger and the driver both sustained injuries in the incident and were transported to the Riverside Regional Hospital.
According to investigators, the driver is facing reckless driving charges. The investigation is still underway, and additional charges are likely to follow. Police suspect that speed and alcohol were both involved in the incident.
Both speeding and drunk driving are common and formidable dangers on the road.
A study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board found that speeding is about as likely to cause fatal crashes as alcohol. In the course of a decade, the two crash causes led to the same number of fatalities, which is to say, about 113,000.
Experts point out that speeding increases the risk of a crash, but that it also increases the results of a collision. Each year, about 10,000 people die in speed-related incidents. Victims are not only those in cars, but pedestrians and others are often killed by these motorists as well. Drunk driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also kills around 10,000 people each year.
Both speeding and drunk driving are entirely preventable causes of crashes.
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