Two people died Sunday morning in a single car crash in Hilliard in Nassau County. The crash happened about 1:35 a.m. on County Road 108 and Orange Street. Fire and rescue crews arrived to find a car on its driver side near a power pole. One of the occupants had been ejected from the vehicle and emergency rescue workers had to remove the top of the vehicle to extricate the other passenger.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash. The driver has now been identified as a 32-year-old woman of Bryceville, Florida, and her passenger was a 45-year-old woman of Hilliard.
We are so sorry for the loss of this woman to her family and friends, and particularly to her children.
The two occupants were not wearing seat belts, according to law enforcement.
The media reports don’t tell us much about what caused this accident, but it’s fair to say that speed played some role. Generally in a single-vehicle accident, speed is among the first things that accident investigators will look into.
A few things to remember about driving too fast – many of us were taught that for every 10 miles an hour, you need to leave at least one car length between you and the vehicle in front of you to safely stop. That was the good old days- today add distractions, such as texting, that increases the risk of a collision by 23 times, according to a recent study.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that speed is a factor in about one-third of all fatal crashes that kill more than 1,000 Americans every month. In all of 2007, that accounted for more than 13,000 people. And the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates the cost of speed-related crashes is more than $40 billion each year.
Interstate freeway deaths have increased by fifteen percent with higher speed limits, according to the IIHS. With a higher speed, there is less time to react and the crash energy will be increased. Also safety features such as airbags and seat belts cannot possibly keep the passengers from being injured.
Who is likely to speed? While males have typically been primarily guilty of speeding, look around – young women are fast catching up. Again, our condolences go out to the families and loved ones of the two occupants of this vehicle.