Memorial Day weekend is often known as being deadly on Tennessee roads. While the number of deaths may go up and down from year to year, it is a time that is prone to reckless driving, drunk driving, speeding, and crowded roadways. This year two teens died in an accident on Sunday afternoon.
It was a one-vehicle crash involving a 2002 Nissan Maxima. The Nissan was driven by an 18-year-old male, and there were three other male passengers. One was an 18-year-old as well, and the two others were 16 years old. Two passengers died as a result of the accident, the 18-year-old passenger and one of the 16-year-olds. The driver and other passenger did obtain injuries in the crash, although their status is unknown.
The details on the crash are still being investigated by law enforcement. It is known that all occupants were wearing seat belts. It occurred on a left-hand turn that was on a downhill slope. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and hit a tree. No other details are known about the possible cause of the accident or the state of the passengers at the time of the incident. However, law enforcement did release information that criminal charges are pending against the driver.
Crashes involving teens are unfortunately common. Combine that with the already increased risk of the first weekend of summer and it is not difficult to see how a good time out could turn deadly. If you have been in an accident this Memorial Day weekend, consider consulting an attorney who can look out for your best interests.
Source: News Channel 9