According to the Centers for Disease Control, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers. According to the NHTSA, in 2017, there were 1,830 drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 who died in motor vehicle crashes. This number was down 4% from 1,916 in 2016. Teen drivers accounted for 8% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2017. To put this number in perspective, teen drivers accounted for about 5.4% of all drivers in the United States. An even more tragic statistic is that of those drivers killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2017, 24% had been drinking alcohol. 20% of them were impaired. Almost half of those killed were not wearing seatbelts when restraint use was known.
The Marietta, Georgia Patch reports that one teen was killed, and another was seriously injured in a fiery Cobb County crash.
The crash occurred at about 7:15 p.m. on Sunday on Jamerson Road at Nevilly Way in Marietta.
17-year-old Kayleigh S. Neste was driving a white Nissan when she lost control of the vehicle for reasons unknown. She crashed into a Kia, causing her vehicle to catch fire. Bystanders helped to pull the Kia away from the Nissan.
A 16-year-old female who was driving the Kia was trapped in the vehicle. She was extricated by firefighters and transported to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. She had serious injuries.
Neste was rushed to the same hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.
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