A fatal car accident in Westbury left a 19-year-old male dead, the Third Squad reports. The accident occurred on Oct. 9, 2016 at 8:35 a.m. Authorities say the driver was headed south on Merrick Avenue at a high rate of speed. The vehicle, a 2002 Toyota, got into the northbound lane and crashed into a tree.
According to Long Island News, the driver suffered severe internal bleeding. Nassau County Police Ambulance transported him to a local hospital, where a physician pronounced him dead at 9:16 a.m. The car was impounded for a safety and brake inspection. The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle and there was no evidence of criminality. Police are continuing to investigate the accident.
Last month, two car accidents occurred on Long Island within a 24-hour period; one of them was fatal. On Sept. 8th, a Southold man was driving west on Route 48. Newsday reports that his car veered off the road and collided with a tree, causing fatal injuries. Another accident occurred later in the afternoon. A woman was driving west on the north service road west of Route 111 and collided with another vehicle. Suffolk County police say the driver “suffered a medical emergency and drifted onto the shoulder, striking the rear of a Suffolk County Transit Bus that was parked on the shoulder,”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a report showing that traffic deaths rose 10.4 percent in the first six months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015. Although the number of miles driven has also increased, it does not account for the rise in traffic fatalities, the New York Times reports. The cause of the increase has not been determined. “It is too soon to attribute contributing factors or potential implications of any changes in deaths on our roadways,” NHTSA stated.
Unfortunately, the latest rise in traffic deaths follows an upwards trend. For seven consecutive quarters since the final months of 2014, the rate of traffic deaths has increased compared to the corresponding quarters in the previous years.
The government also announced its “Road to Zero” initiative that seeks to eliminate traffic deaths by 2046. The coalition also includes fatalities that occur on sidewalks and bicycle paths. Additionally, the Department of Transportation has allocated $3 million over the next three years for grants providing short-term solutions, such as promoting seatbelts and installing rumble strips.