Date: September 24, 2011, 09/24/2011
Location: Vantage, Kittitas County, Washington
Type: Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: Two dead
Two people were killed in a collision near Vantage on Saturday evening.
Just before 5:30 p.m. a 74-year-old man was driving east on Interstate 90 when he missed a turn and collided with a rock wall.
The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center, but died shortly after arrival. His 84-year-old female passenger was taken to Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center where she later died.
Washington State Patrol is investigating the accident.
Car Crash Statistics Based on Age (according to Autos.com)
- * Teens = Highest Risk Group: For every mile driven, teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times as likely to be involved in a car crash
- * Teenage Car Fatalities: 5,000 teens in the 16 to 20 age group die each year as a result of a car crash
- * Teenage Car Injuries: 400,000 teens in the same age group are injured each year in car accidents
- * Disproportionate Population / Fatality Ratio: Teens make up 10% of the population but represent 12% of car crash fatalities
- * Cost: 30% or $26 billion per year in costs are accounted for by drivers under the age of 24
- * Driving Habits: Teenagers are more likely to speed, tailgate and only 10% report wearing seat belts
- * Teen Male Drivers: Of male drivers ages 15 to 20 killed in car crashes, 38% were speeding and 24% were under the influence of alcohol
- * High Risk Age Groups: People between the ages of 15 and 24 and over 75 are the groups most likely affected by car accidents
- * Senior Drivers: Drivers over the age of 65 are second most likely to die in a car crash
- * Safety Disparity: Despite the fact that older drivers are on average slower, safer drivers, they are more likely to die in a car accident than younger drivers