One of the crashes occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on Hiram Lithia Springs Road at Sweetsprings Drive. 52-year-old Robert Aguirre-Ortega was behind the wheel of a black 2006 Lexus ES330. He was on Lithia Springs Road, preparing to make a left turn onto Sweetsprings Drive. He turned into the path of a silver 2018 BMW 430I being driven by 44-year-old Percy Reynolds.
The front of the BMW hit the rear of the Lexus, nearly separating the rear passenger compartment from the rest of the vehicle. 17-year-old Derren Aguirre was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead on scene.
Reynolds is believed to have been under the influence at the time of the crash. Speed is also believed to have been a factor.
Not even 48 hours later, a single-vehicle crash claimed the life of 48-year-old Michael Morton. For unknown reasons, he slammed on the brakes while driving along Cobb Parkway in Acworth. His vehicle spun out, left the roadway, and caught fire.
Early Monday morning, a third person was killed when the motorcycle he was operating struck a curb, ejecting him from the bike and throwing him into a fence. The victim in that crash was 36-year-old Joshua O’Connell. He was taken to Kennestone Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a system for traffic accidents called the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. It analyzes fatal traffic accidents, giving statistics for type of crash, ages of drivers, etc. For 2018, the FARS system reported that there were 1,504 fatal accidents in Georgia. Of these, according to FARS, there were 375 alcohol-involved fatalities and 267 speeding-related fatalities. The great majority, 836, were single-vehicle accidents. 765 of the accidents involved a roadway departure, and 319 involved a vehicle rolling over. 187 of the fatal crashes involved a large truck.
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