Wrong-Way Crash in Largo Tragically Kills One and Injures Four
LARGO, FL- Abcactionnews.com writes that one person died in a crash in Largo this week. The incident involved multiple vehicles that collided in the early morning at US 19 and 66th Street North. The Largo Police responded to the scene and found one of the victims dead at the scene.*
Reports indicate that one of the vehicles was heading southbound in the northbound lanes. The wrong-way car and another vehicle collided head-on. A person in the car that was traveling the correct direction was killed in the impact. Two other people in that vehicle and two in the wrong-way car were also injured and were transported to nearby hospitals.
Wrong-way crashes are typically head-on impacts at high speeds, meaning the risk of death is high in these incidents. A crash is only considered a wrong-way crash if it occurs on a divided highway. While these wrecks are uncommon, they kill about 300 to 400 people annually because the involved cars are traveling at high speeds, and the impacts are severe. The leading cause of these crashes is an alcohol-impaired driver. A study that analyzed wrong-way collisions found that out of 1,566 deadly wrong-way incidents, 936 involved a drunk motorist. That means in 60 percent of these collisions; the responsible driver was under the influence of alcohol. Many of the drivers were heavily intoxicated. Of those drivers who were under the influence of alcohol at the time of a deadly wrong-way wreck, 60 percent had a blood alcohol content that was .15 percent or higher. Most states have a legal blood alcohol content of .08 percent alcohol, while Utah lowered the legal limit to just .05 percent.
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