Tampa High School Student Dies in Tragic Crash
TAMPA, FL- Wfla.com writes that a Plant High School student died in the hospital days after a tragic crash on Davis Islands. The incident took place over the weekend when the teen attempted to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone. Witnesses say the boy was traveling at a high rate of speed when he struck a curb and lost control of his car. The driver’s side of the vehicle struck a light pole.*
The victim was transported to the hospital, where he underwent surgery. He passed away about two days after the crash. A passenger in the vehicle survived the crash.
According to the victim’s family, his organs were donated after his death. The sixteen-year-old’s mother was a coach at the Greater Tampa Swim Association (GTSA), where the victim was a swimmer. Car accidents are the number one cause of teen deaths. In 2017, 2,364 teenagers between the ages of sixteen and eighteen died in crashes while another 300,000 were injured. Male teen drivers are about two times as likely to be killed, as are female teen drivers.
Another risk factor is when teens are traveling with other teens in the car. Each additional teen in the vehicle will increase the chance of a crash occurring. Inexperience creates numerous driving risks for teens. New drivers often fail to recognize dangerous situations on the road. Many teens also speed and follow other vehicles too closely. Seatbelts are another problem, with young adults and teenagers being less likely to use seatbelts than older adults. About half of all teenagers who die in collisions are not restrained at the time.
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Sources:https://www.wfla.com/news/hillsborough-county/plant-high-school-student-dies-after-car-crash-on-davis-islands/ and https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html