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Columbus teen kills 1 teen, injures 4 in car accident

Ohio law is very clear: 16-year-old drivers cannot have anyone else in their car other than family members if their parents or guardians are not also present. The reasoning behind the law is to allow inexperienced drivers to become more comfortable driving and gain more experience before being exposed to distractions like friends. Because teenage drivers are relatively new drivers, they are more apt to cause serious or fatal accidents; either injuring other motorists or their own passengers. Sadly, that is what happened in this story.

A group of 5 teenagers were grabbing dinner in between an afternoon and evening marching band practice when they were involved in a car accident that left the front passenger dead and the others injured.

Police said the 16-year-old motorist was speeding and lost control of the 1993 Saab he was driving, sending the car into a fence and rolling it. The driver was also violating state law because one of his parents was not in the vehicle. He had only received his license months before the accident.

Due to the crash, the driver and three of his friends, ranging from ages 14 to 16, sustained non-life threatening injuries. A 15-year-old, who was ejected from the vehicle from the front passenger seat, was killed.

This is a horrific accident to happen to the Columbus area, but it illustrates just why it is important to have restrictions on teen drivers. A driver with more experience might have known that driving faster than the speed limit would put the whole car at risk. Though the driver likely did not intend to get into an accident, he can still be held responsible for his poor driving choices.

Source: The Huffington Post, "1 teen killed, 4 hurt in Ohio car crash," Aug. 9, 2012

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