Fatal Missouri Crash Blamed on Teen Speed, Alcohol

Fatal Missouri Crash Blamed on Teen Speed, Alcohol

A teenage driver from Chesterfield who was killed along with his two passengers was allegedly driving way over the speed limit and had alcohol in his system, indicates a recently released accident report.

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STL Today reports that the 18-year-old driver, and his 17- and 18-year-old sisters were killed in the accident, while the only front-seat passenger survived. The report from the St. Louis County Police Department says that the vehicle was traveling at nearly 70 mph when it left the road. The speed limit on Homestead Manor Drive, where the accident happened, was just 25 mph.

Our St. Louis car accident lawyers understand that the driver’s blood-alcohol level was .014 percent. While that is well under the state limit of .08, we all know that even the small traces of alcohol in teenagers can negatively hinder abilities behind the wheel. Missouri practices a “zero tolerance” law for minors, which required mandatory license suspension for those busted driving with alcohol in their system.

While the accident was blamed on the teen’s excessive speed, many claim that the alcohol was a contributing factor.

“Just because it’s under the legal limit doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect your senses,” said St. Louis County police Officer John Hallquist.

According to the accident report, the driver missed a curve and flew into the grass. The vehicle sideswiped a tree, went into the air, ran into the deck of a home and slid down a hill into the woods.

Both sisters were killed. The driver was dead before officials could get him to a hospital.

This is an important reminder to parents and guardians with teen drivers in the family to keep a close eye on their newly-licensed drivers. Although many may not be old enough to legally purchase or consume alcohol, it doesn’t mean that they won’t. It’s also an important reminder to talk with your teen driver about the risks of irresponsible driving.

The truth of the matter is that car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers between the ages of 15- and 19-years-old. More than half of all teenagers killed in car accidents are the drivers themselves.

In 2011, 152 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers in Missouri, according to Safe Roads 4 Teens.

Less than 70 percent of Missouri teens wear their seat belt.

The most dangerous time of a teen driver’s life is the first 12 months of independent licensure. A teen driver’s crash risk is three times that of more experienced drivers
Teens crash most often because they are inexperienced – not necessarily because they take more risks than older drivers.

Sit down with the teen driver in your family and talk with them about safe and responsible driving habits. Since most teens feel that they’re invincible behind the wheel, it’s important that we remind them that the dangers of our roadways are very real. It’s a move that could wind up saving their life.

More Blog Entries:

St. Louis Traffic Accidents — 5 Ways to Help Teen Drivers, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, November 1, 2013

St. Louis Pedestrian Accident Results in Chief’s Suspension
, St. Louis Injury Lawyer Blog, October 4, 2013

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