Speed is a major contributing factor in many fatal automotive crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, accidents with speeding as a major cause killed 10,111 people in 2016, accounting for 27% of all traffic fatalities that year. Speeding can refer to driving faster than the posted speed limit, but speed can affect your ability to drive if you are driving too fast for current weather conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control, teen drivers are most likely to speed, as well as allowing a shorter distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them. Teens also have the lowest rates of seatbelt use, making this group the most likely to be involved in a fatal accident involving speed.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a fatal accident in Cherokee County that claimed the life of a high school senior.
The accident occurred at about 2 p.m. on Old Orange Mill Road just about a mile north of Creekview High School.
Cherokee County sheriff’s department spokesperson Jay Baker said that it appears that the driver of the vehicle lost control, went down an embankment, struck a tree, and started a small fire.
There were four teenagers in the car. Of those, 17-year-old Stephen Smith, who was in the front passenger seat, was found dead at the scene. The driver, another 17-year-old as well as a 17-year-old back-seat passenger were seriously injured and taken to Kennestone Hospital.
The fourth student, a 15-year-old, was not seriously injured.
All students attended Creekview High School in Cherokee County.
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