January 26, 2011
Police are saying speed was a factor in a multi-vehicle accident in Franklin County, Virginia, on Monday that killed one and left several others injured. According to WDBJ 7 News, the accident happened just before 4:00 PM along the Booker T. Washington Highway, near Beechdale Road.
Investigators believe that a 17-year-old girl was behind the wheel of a vehicle going north, when she lost control due to excessive speed. The girl then over-corrected, sending the car into oncoming traffic, where it collided with a pickup truck and another vehicle before striking a nearby building. A 17-year-old boy from Franklin County who was the passenger in the front seat of the girl’s vehicle was killed in the crash. The girl and two other passengers in the backseat were injured and taken to a local hospital. The driver of the pickup truck that was involved in the crash, a 26-year-old man from Glade Hill, was also injured and taken to the hospital.
The National Library of Medicine considers speed to be a major contributing factor in the high number of fatal crashes seen in young drivers. They also suggest that the number of passengers in a vehicle can put a young driver at a higher risk for having an accident.