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Tragic Crash Kills Teen in Manatee County, Florida

February 05, 2020

MANATEE COUNTY, FL- writes that a teen in Manatee died this week in a collision in the very early morning on University Parkway. The seventeen-year-old victim was traveling westbound in a 2019 Nissan Rogue when he struck a concrete median.*

The impact with the median caused the victim to lose control of the vehicle, and he then struck a tree. The Nissan was sent into a spiral and then collided with a second tree located in the center of the median. The crash caused the car to break into two pieces, and the boy was ejected. Police report that the victim died at the sceneof the wreck. 

Single-vehicle collisions are extremely deadly. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about one out of every five vehicle deaths is caused by a fixed object collision. Most of these incidents occur at night, and many of the drivers, about 40 percent, are found to have been under the influence of alcohol. The objects that are most frequently involved in such wrecks include trees, traffic barriers, and utility poles. 

Speeding, drowsiness, low visibility, and distraction also cause many run-off-the-road accidents. Many of the deadliest instances involve more than one impact. 

In 2018, 7,422 people died in these accidents, indicating a drop of about six percent when compared to 2017. Since 1979, the number of such fatal collisions has dropped by 30 percent. However, the proportion of fatal crashes that are caused by cars striking fixed objects has stayed between nineteen and 23 percent over the last three decades. About eight out of ten drivers involved in these collisions are men. 

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