“Speed kills” is not just a public service announcement to get teenagers and other motorists to slow down. The actual statistics behind speeding and fatal motor vehicle accidents are sobering. According to the NHTSA, speeding killed 10,111 people, accounting for more than a quarter of all motor vehicle accident fatalities. Speeding tends to occur more often in young male drivers. In 2016, 32% of males between the ages of 15 and 20 who were involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident were speeding. It also seems that many people who were killed in accidents in 2016 where speed was a factor were also intoxicated. 37% of all drivers who were speeding and involved in a fatal auto accident were also intoxicated.
The crash happened on Sunday evening in west Cobb County, off Mars Hill Road at Newpark Drive.
Witnesses likened the sound of the crash to a bomb going off. One witness, Austin Stroud, was working at his fast food job and ran outside after hearing the crash.
Police believe the driver of a Toyota Corolla that was traveling south crossed the double yellow line and hit a Ford Escape head-on.
24-year-old Allison Carroll, of Powder Springs, was driving the Escape at the time of the accident. She was transported to a hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.
17-year-old Ashley Bratton, a passenger in the Corolla, was killed. The 20-year-old driver of the Corolla and another 16-year-old passenger were both injured.
Police believe that speed may have been a factor in the accident. Charges against the driver of the Corolla are pending.
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