Three students were killed and one injured when the SUV they were riding in went off the roadside and hit a guardrail on Steve Reynolds Boulevard in Gwinnett County Georgia.
The accident occurred a little after 10:00 p.m. while the four, all students at Meadowcreek High School, were leaving a football game at the school. The driver of the Toyota 4Runner swerved to avoid a collision with a slower traveling vehicle, lost control and struck a guardrail, police said.
Police identified the dead as Brandon Martinez, 18, the driver of the SUV, Nelson Umanzor, 18, and Naseer Alwakeel, 16. Messiah Allen survived the crash.
Nasser and Martinez were both members of the Meadowcreek High School Lacrosse team and Allen wanted to be the manager of the team. Later, the members of the Lacrosse team visited Allen in the hospital and the players promised to play in honor of those who had died.
Mujaaher Alwakeel, father of Nasser Alwakeel, commented that his son was an all-American boy who enjoyed going to football games with friends, helped out at home, and was a “huge” help to his mom in caring for his younger brothers and sister.
The Alwakeel family moved to Georgia from Buffalo, New York when Nasser was a baby.
The Gwinnett County School District released a statement after the accident announcing its condolences to the dead and their families.
“We have been notified that four Meadowcreek High School students were involved in a car accident… Tragically, three of the students did not survive and the fourth has been hospitalized.
“The student involved in the accident, three seniors and one junior, have been very involved at the school. We know the loss of three of these young, promising lives will be difficult for the students and staff alike…”
More than 2,000 teens die in traffic accidents in the United States per year.
Studies have found that teen drivers, who are 16 to 19 years old, are more likely to crash than drivers of any other age group.
The leading causes of accidents in which the driver of the car is a teenager include:
- Driver inexperience
- Driving with teenage passengers
- Night time driving
- Not using seatbelts
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Reckless driving
- Impaired driving
Studies of automobile accidents involving teenagers have discovered that:
- Male teen drivers and passengers are twice as likely to die in crashes as female teen drivers and passengers.
- Teens driving unsupervised with other teens were more likely to crash.
- Teen drivers are more likely to follow closer behind the car ahead than normal drivers if a passenger in the car is a male. If they have a female passenger, they are more likely to follow a car with more space between them.
- Teenage boys and girls drive faster than general drivers, but boys drive faster if there is a male passenger present in the car.
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