According to Value Penguin, a person is four times more likely to die in a crash over Memorial Day weekend than a regular weekend. According to numbers from the NHTSA, traffic fatalities over all holiday weekends were compared. From 2011 to 2015, Memorial Day Weekend led with an average of 312 fatal accidents per year. Labor Day was another dangerous holiday weekend, with 308 fatal crashes per day. The 4th of July came in close to that, with 307. Other dangerous holiday weekends included Easter weekend, Christmas weekend, and New Year’s weekend.
On Sunday afternoon, a 19-year-old driving a 2008 Ford Fusion lost control of the car driving down a dirt road in Lauren’s County. Both the driver and the passenger were ejected from the vehicle during the crash. The 19-year-old driver only suffered from minor injuries. The passenger, a 14-year-old identified as Brandon Jones, was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the GSP, the car hit a ditch south of JJ Club Road and flipped. The GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash. Charges are possible, depending on the investigation’s findings.
Jones was a student at West Lauren’s Middle School. The school is taking donations to help the family with funeral expenses.
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