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Driver on Snapchat Kills Two in Tragic Crash in St. Cloud, Florida (FL)


May 20, 2020

ST. CLOUD, FL- Wptv.com writes that a 20-year-old man turned himself in after causing a crash that killed two people. The driver was reportedly making a Snapchat video when he passed through a red traffic signal causing a fatal wreck that killed a 41-year-old woman and her fifteen-year-old son.*

The woman and the teenager were heading home after delivering food at the time of the crash. The victims both died at the scene after the young man drove his Jeep into their car. According to the police, the driver had previously made numerous videos that showed him speeding and driving through stop signs and red traffic lights prior to the deadly collision. 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that when drivers run through red traffic lights, the results are frequently deadly. Red-light running wrecks killed 846 people in the United States in 2018. In addition to causing deadly incidents between cars, these collisions also lead to fatal crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists. Also, in 2018, 139,000 people suffered injuries caused by red-light running incidents. 

Statistics indicate that the drivers who cause deadly red-light running crashes are often young, male, and have histories that include prior alcohol-impaired collisions. These motorists are also more likely to be speeding at the time of the wreck, and to be operating a car without a valid driver’s license. 

The IIHS recommends the use of red-light cameras as a way to curb this practice. Red-light cameras can catch drivers who violate red traffic lights even when police officers are not in the area. In places where red-light cameras were installed, the number of red-light running crashes dropped by more than twenty percent. 

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Sources:

https://www.wptv.com/news/state/police-florida-man-making-snapchat-video-caused-crash-that-killed-2

https://www.iihs.org/topics/red-light-running


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