Head-on collisions are one of the most frequent types of collisions to make headlines, and there is a good reason why. These accidents are the cause of several deaths and serious injuries each year in the United States, despite accounting for a small fraction of the overall number of accidents. According to statistics, in 2015, head-on crashes were the number one cause of fatal injury in auto accidents, causing 7,068 deaths. This represents 54% of all deaths in auto accidents that year. Wrong-way accidents are a primary cause of head-on collisions, though vehicles crossing the center line and driver distraction are also known causes.
The AJC reports that a Rome woman and her teenage son were killed in a violent head-on crash.
The accident happened at about 6:20 p.m. on April 22nd on Redmond Circle in west Rome.
A 51-year-old mother and her 18-year-old son were killed instantly in the crash. Her 49-year-old husband was rushed to Floyd Medical Center in critical condition.
Investigators believe that the mother was driving a 1997 Infiniti 130 and was travelling southbound on Redmond circle, occupying the left lane. A 2015 Ford F-150 crossed the center line, colliding with her vehicle head-on. Police have identified the driver of the truck as 36-year-old Ronnie Barker.
It is unclear if alcohol may have been involved. No charges have yet been filed, but charges are possible pending the outcome of the investigation conducted by the Georgia State Patrol.
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