An Oklahoma community is in mourning after head-on collision claimed the life of a high school football player last week. The accident occurred in Grady County on a stretch of road that locals call “butterfly hill.”
According to reports, a 16-year-old boy and three friends were driving east on County Road 1240 when another vehicle appeared over the hill and the two vehicles collided head on. The driver was killed in the crash and the three other boys were lucky to survive.
One of the teens was interviewed by a local news station. He said he is still in disbelief about losing his friend, and recalled that the collision seemed to happened very quickly, but also felt like slow motion.
The teen said that he and others will be approaching the Grady County City Council to discuss safety on the stretch of road. Hopefully, the city council will thoroughly examine the hill to see if safety improvements are necessary.
As the town grieves the loss of a young man who was taken too soon, they are reminded of the importance of using defensive driving techniques at all times. Unfortunately, you never know when a vehicle is going to appear seemingly out of nowhere and create a dangerous situation on the road.
The state is also well into what safety officials refer to as the “100 deadliest days of summer” -- the time period in between Memorial Day and Labor Day, when motor vehicle fatalities tend to spike, especially involving teens.
Last month, a spokesman for AAA Oklahoma reported that while fatalities involving teens on the state’s roadways are on the decline, car accidents are still the leading cause of death for teens. Keep reading for safety tips for parents of teen drivers from AAA.