Twelve-Year-Old Dies During Weekend Crash in Henry County, Georgia (GA)
HENRY COUNTY, GA – According to an online news report at ajc.com, a twelve year old tragically died in a head-on collision involving a wrong way driver.*
According to the Henry County Police, a twelve-year-old passed way after being hit by a wrong way driver.
The driver of a white Ford F-150 was going in a northerly direction in the southbound lanes and collided with two automobiles close to Circle Drive in Hampton, per the captain of the Henry County Police. All of the occupants of the vehicles involved in the crash were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The twelve-year girl tragically old died in the accident.
The identity of the driver of the Ford F-150 has not been released to the public at this time. The driver has not been charged at this time, but police suspect that the cause of the accident was possibly due to intoxication of the Ford F-150 driver.
The accident remains under investigation at this time. It is not clear as to the status of the individuals who were taken to area hospitals for treatment There are no further details on the crash at this time.
Driver error is the most common cause of wrong way accidents, and most of these incidents are due to drivers who enter a highway exit ramp. There are various reasons why drivers make the mistake of wrong way driving, with the most common causes as follows:
- Driving while impaired by drugs and/or alcohol
- Driving while distracted
- People who are not familiar with the roads of a given area
- Ramps that are poorly marked
- Road signs that are not properly placed
- A lack of road signage
- Poor visibility
- Fatigued driving
- Drivers who suffer from mental health issues
The leading cause of wrong way driving is intoxication by drugs and/or alcohol. In fact, 50 to 75 percent of all wrong way driving accidents involve a driver who is impaired. Most of these accidents, not surprisingly, occur on weekends and late and night, especially between midnight and 3:00 a.m.
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