A woman was killed Friday night in Pierce County after a teen driver ran a stop sign and crashed into the woman’s vehicle, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
The incident occurred around midnight near 128th Street East and Vickery Avenue East. A 16-year-old boy in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup was speeding south when he passed a car and ran a stop sign, police said. The boy then crashed into the passenger side of a Honda Accord driven by a 58-year-old woman.
The collision sent both vehicles off the road. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
A police investigation found the teenager was not impaired. The boy was released to his father. According to The News Tribune, prosecutors will decide whether to press charges.
Holding At-Fault Drivers Accountable
According to the Centers for Disease Control, teens are more likely than adults to make critical decision errors that lead to serious crashes. In 2013, young people ages 15-19 represented only 7 percent of the U.S. population. However, they accounted for 11 percent ($10 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries.
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