A 16-year-old junior at Shrewsbury High School was killed today when his 2002 Honda Accord crashed into a Central Street tree near Woodland Estates. The teen, a student leader and member of the Shrewsbury High golf team, was the only occupant of the car. Authorities aren’t sure whether or not he was on his way to school. He was flown by LifeFlight to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester and died shortly later.
There was one witness to the crash, and Boylston and state police are investigating the incident.
The principal of Shrewsbury High e-mailed parents about the death, and the school is making counselors available for students.
As an earlier blog post notes, teens have the highest fatal car accident rate of all age groups.
Every year, more than 5,000 persons between the ages of 16 and 20 are killed in crashes, and 400,000 are injured. Teen drivers are four times (per mile driven) more likely to crash than other drivers. Teen-aged males, like this student, and their passengers are significantly more likely than their female peers to become involved in fatal car accidents. Although this accident occurred on a school day, most teen- driver car crashes take place over the weekend between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. As far as school day accidents go, a new study indicates that earlier school start times may increase teen car accident rates. This is not very surprising, as fatigue is a common cause of car accidents in all age groups.
Source: Telegram.com, Shrewsbury High student killed in morning crash
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