While driving while intoxicated and texting while driving/distracted driving cause their share of fatal accidents, they are only a couple of the leading reasons for fatal car accidents. Overcorrection is one of the leading causes of single-vehicle fatal accidents. Overcorrection can lead to the loss of control of the vehicle, which can cause the vehicle to roll over, ejecting passengers who are not buckled in. Overcorrecting most often occurs during a tire blowout, hitting a patch of ice, hydroplaning, or veering into another lane or off-road. The driver responds to the situation by jerking the wheel in the opposite direction, which is known as overcorrection.
The Valdosta Daily Times reports that a man has been charged in a deadly accident thought to be caused by overcorrecting. Alejandro Espinoza is facing charges of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, failure to maintain lane, a child restraint violation, and driving without a license.
The charges stem from an accident that occurred on Saturday at about 12:10 p.m. on Interstate 75 southbound. Near mile marker 26, the driver lost control of his vehicle. He overcorrected, causing the vehicle to overturn. The vehicle landed upside down.
A 5-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Another child, 13, suffered from severe injuries and was taken by Life Flight helicopter to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Five other passengers in the vehicle were taken to South Georgia Medical Center. One of those passengers was then flown to another hospital for treatment.
Information regarding the crash has been difficult to gather. The seven occupants of the vehicle were unable to read, write, or speak English.
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