According to statistics, head-on collisions make up less than 2% of all accidents. However, they account for nearly 10% of all fatalities. When a head-on collision doesn’t end in a fatality, catastrophic injuries usually occur. Spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and even paralysis have been known to occur in these types of collisions. The reason that head-on collisions are so dangerous is because of the forces usually involved. They typically take place at very high speeds and on highways, which can make the injuries even more severe than other accidents.
ABC 7 Chicago reports on Chet Coppock, who succumbed to his injuries six days after a violent head-on collision. 70-year-old Chet Coppock was injured in a car accident on April 6th in Okatie, South Carolina. The town is located between Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head Island.
According to authorities, Coppock was a front seat passenger in a vehicle being driven by a 50-year-old female from Hammond, Indiana. The vehicle crossed a median into oncoming traffic and struck a vehicle head-on. That vehicle then struck another.
In the accident, Coppock suffered from multiple serious injuries. He was transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia for treatment. He succumbed to his injuries six days later, on April 12th.
Coppock was known as “The Godfather of Sports” where he worked in television, radio, and print in several cities like Chicago, Indianapolis, and New York. He is credited with developing the sports magazine format on TV and radio. He was also known for his flamboyance and his on-air antics.
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