Speed and drunk driving may account for major factors in many fatal driving accidents, However, overcorrecting is another factor that is often overlooked and may be responsible for 4.1% of all fatal crashes that occurred in 2014, causing overcorrection to rank 7th among fatal accident factors. No matter the reason for an accident, one thing that can greatly increase a person’s odds of surviving an accident is wearing a seatbelt. The great majority of people who are ejected during car crashes were found to not be wearing their seatbelt. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports on a crash that claimed a young girl’s life.
A 16-year-old girl from Roberta was killed in a fatal collision with a tractor-trailer in central Florida. She was allegedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
18-year-old Shanaya Prater was the driver of the vehicle when she veered off of the roadway. Overcorrecting, Prater steered into the same lane as a tractor-trailer, causing a collision.
The collision ejected 16-year-old Makhaya White after the car hit a guardrail. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Also inside the vehicle were 16-year-old Dymond Moore and 11-year-old Nyheshia Anderson. They were taken to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida with serious injuries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, 27-year-old Kamari Kirgger, of Jonesboro, was not injured.
While authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, charges are pending.
The accident caused several lanes of I-75 Southbound to be closed for several hours before they were reopened.
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