Candles and flowers marked the site where a truck acciden killed 18-year-old Kody Kessler and left Jared Von Grote, 18, and Kristopher Howell, 18, injured on Wednesday. According to Westminster police, Von Grote was driving south on Rancho Road, near Spa Drive, when he lost control of the truck, causing it to rollover and then fall about 20 feet before landing in a concrete channel.
At present, authorities are still investigating the cause of the accident. It is not known yet whether speeding, drugs, or alcohol were factors, only that the driver lost control of the vehicle.
“Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of teenage fatalities in this country,” remarked an Orange County auto accident attorney, “and individuals aged 16 to 19 suffer the greatest risk.”
Drivers in this age group accounted for nine motor-vehicle-related fatalities each day of 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For every mile driven, 16- to 19-year-olds are four times more likely to be involved in an accident than older drivers. For this age group, the risk of an accident is greatest for male drivers and male passengers; unsupervised teenagers driving with similarly aged passengers; and teenagers who have recently received their license. Many of the accidents suffered by teenage drivers in the past few months have closely mirrored these findings, including the rollover truck accident in Westminster after which a memorial was erected for the teenager who was killed.
The Orange County auto accident attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Kody Kessler. If they would like to create a charity in his name, they may want to read the California Attorney General’s “Guide For Charities.”
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