Police believe cell phone distraction was a factor on Saturday, April 4, 2009, when a teenage motorist crashed in Parke County, Indiana, killing one person and injuring another.
According to troopers with the Indiana State Police, 22-year-old Crawfordsville resident Kevin Boicourt was behind the wheel of a Buick as it traveled south along Indiana 47. As Mr. Boicourt approached County Road 640 East, around 1:15 p.m., he observed a northbound Jeep Wrangler sport-utility vehicle veer into oncoming traffic.
Mr. Boicourt took evasive action, but was unable to avoid a collision with the Wrangler, operated by 17-year-old West Lafayette resident FN Lutz III. The impact left Mr. Boicourt and his passenger 26-year-old Crawfordsville resident Chad A. Simmons trapped in the wreckage.
Firefighters responded to the scene and used hydraulic extrication tools to free Mr. Simmons and Mr. Boicourt. Paramedics, however, were unable to save Mr. Simmons.
Mr. Boicourt, meanwhile, was taken by helicopter to Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital for treatment of internal trauma, multiple fractures and chest injuries. The teen, FN, was taken to Crawfordsville's St. Clair Medical Center with injuries to his leg and hand.
Officers issued him a ticket for driving left of center. Their investigation determined that he took his eyes off the road in order to pickup up a mobile phone.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the crash rate for drivers 16 to 19 is four times higher per mile than for older drivers.
Simply put, teenage drivers lack the experience that makes older motorists less prone to accidents. Teens are seemingly more likely to make fundamental mistakes, such as driving too fast or allowing their attention to drift.
Other drivers, passengers and pedestrians who have been injured in an accident with a teen driver should first seek medical attention. Returning to full health is the victim's most important job.
In sutations in which fault is assigned, injured parties might then seek to speak with a qualified lawyer to explore their options. If, indeed, another party is at fault, injured victims might be entitled to reimbursement of medical expenses, lost wages and even compensation for pain and suffering.
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