May 30th, 2013 - by DKRPA
As we head into summer, many Florida teens are celebrating their newfound freedom and giving into the spontaneity and impulsiveness that often come with their three-month-long break.
While this enthusiasm and irreverence are completely understandable, the results can be nothing short of tragic when they are mixed with cars.
Case in point: Last Saturday, a 17-year-old Atlantic Beach boy was killed as a result of a car accident in Nassau County.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the boy was a passenger in a car that was struck by a pickup truck driven by a 37-year-old Callahan man.
Although the incident is still under investigation, it appears the driver of the car had been trying to turn left on US-1 and failed to yield to the driver of the pickup truck.
As far as we have been able to tell, the driver of the car, a second passenger in the car and the driver of the pickup truck were not seriously injured.
Safety and conscientiousness are musts at all times of year, of course, but for younger drivers, they’re especially indispensible in summertime. We would like to take a moment and ask all of our younger readers to please give an extra thought to safety during summer. We know it can be fun to pile into a car with several of your friends, turn the music up loud and drive very fast, but it is far too easy for such a situation to have a disastrous outcome that cannot possibly be undone, not matter how much heartbreak and regret result from it.
Source: WLCTV First Coast News, “Atlantic Beach teen killed in car crash,” Jennifer Duckworth, May 26, 2013