A 27 year old driver died and 3 passengers in their twenties were seriously injured in a car accident in Long Island, NY, last Monday night around 8:30 pm. Jeffrey Laroche from Springfield Gardens, Queens, was driving an Infiniti with 3 passengers on board: 21 year old Jayda Mouldrie from Hempstead was sitting in the front seat while 20 year old Nicole Walter and 18 year old Nathaly Walter, both from Laurelton, Queens, were sitting in the back seats. They were heading West on the Southern State Parkway when Jeffrey lost control of the car and hit the center median guide rail and trees between exits 18 and 19. In their report the police mention that the vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed.
The impact was so intense that Jeffrey was ejected from the car. He was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Jayda who was in the front seat got stuck in the mangled vehicle and had to be extricated. She was also rushed the hospital and survived. The two girls in the back, Nicole and Nathalie, were both injured but also survived the accident. Nathaly broke her pelvis.
Speeding is one of the most common causes of car accident fatalities and serious injuries especially among young people
Drivers who are speeding have a much higher risk to loose control of their vehicle than those driving at the speed limit. People who are speeding not only endanger themselves but also people in the car with them as well as other road users. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics around 10,000 people are killed every year in car accidents caused by speeding. Speeding accidents account for around one third of all traffic fatalities. Additionally survivors of high speed accidents usually sustain injuries that are often severe and can have life long consequences.
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