Troopers: Man, 73, boy, 11, die in fiery crash in DeLand
by: Jason Kelly Updated: Jun 23, 2017 - 8:15 AM
DeLAND, Fla. - A man and a boy were killed and another man was critically injured Thursday evening in a fiery crash in DeLand, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
A man, whose identity wasn't released, was driving a Chevy Camaro at a high rate of speed shortly after 9:45 p.m. on North Spring Garden Avenue near Cascades Park Boulevard, Sgt. Kim Montes said.
A 73-year-old DeLand man drove his Chevy pickup truck through the intersection in the pathway of the car and the vehicles collided, Montes said.
Investigators said the Chevy pickup truck caught fire as it overturned and became engulfed in flames. Both he and his 11-year-old passenger, neither of whom was publicly identified, died at the crash scene, troopers said.
Troopers said the car also caught fire. The driver was flown to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach in critical condition.
Charges are pending, Montes said.
The crash remains under investigation.
No other details were given.
UNITED STATES STILL HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST ROAD ACCIDENT DEATH AND INJURY RATES IN THE WORLD: 34,000 DIE AND 2.5 MILLION INJURED EACH YEAR.
Despite the improvements in road safety, the United States has one of the highest death rates at about 1 person dead per 10,000 people. Unfortunately, only undeveloped countries have higher death rate.
Some states, such as Texas and West Virginia (sorry, WV, despite your tremendous progress in traffic safety, you are still at the top of the worst-death-rate list) have death rates of nearly 1.5 percent, i.e., fifty percent more people die compared to the national death rate.
Approximately 34,000 people are getting killed each year. In the 1950s and 1960s, about 55,000 people used to die on the roads – so, there has been improvement on the number of dead.
However, the number of injured is rising. Roughly 2.5 million are injured (yes, you read it correctly – 2.5 million injured) per year. That is, 1 percent (1%) of the population that is eligible to drive is injured every year.
It is worse than a war zone out there.
So, please be safe and be on the lookout for weaving-through-the-traffic drivers, crazy drivers, reckless drivers, sick drivers, medical-condition drivers, sleepy drivers, negligent drivers, stupid drivers, careless drivers, drunk drivers, speeding drivers, drugged drivers, texting drivers, talking-on-the-phone drivers, looking-at-the-GPS drivers, hurry-hurry drivers, tailgating drivers, upset drivers, eating-while-driving drivers, putting-the-lipstick-on-while-driving drivers, elderly drivers, and so on.
DELAND, Fla. —
A 73-year-old man and an 11-year-old boy were killed Thursday in a fiery crash in DeLand, troopers said.
The crash was reported on Cascade Park Boulevard just after 9:45 p.m. Thursday, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Troopers said a Chevy Camaro was traveling at a high rate of speed toward Cascade Parks Boulevard on State Road 15A. As the Camaro entered the Cascade Parks Boulevard intersection, it collided with a Chevy pickup.
The pickup flipped and caught fire and both occupants were killed, troopers said. Their names have not been released, but troopers said they are a 73-year-old man and an 11-year-old boy, both from DeLand.
Trooper said the Camaro also caught fire and the driver was critically injured.