Having witnessed the dangers of the road as a car accident attorney, I am always apprehensive about teen drivers exploring their boundaries on the road. Many teenagers behave recklessly with their new found freedom and end up in fatal car accidents, particularly when teens mix alcohol and driving. This week a 17-year-old faces vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and involuntary manslaughter charges for his involvement in a fatal car accident.

In Long Beach California on Sunday, August 22nd, a fatal car accident occurred just after midnight. A Ford Taurus and Mustang were racing Eastbound on Ocean Boulevard at speeds over 100 mph when the two cars collided. The collision spun the Mustang off the road where it was crushed into a concrete sign along the median.

Three of the Mustang’s four passengers flew out of the vehicle. An unidentified female along with a 32-year-old woman and the 18-year-old driver, Jesse Heredia, were pronounced dead when rescue crews arrived.  The other passenger, a 19-year-old male was rushed to the hospital where he died the following Tuesday from his injuries.

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Ford Mustang Crashed Into a Cement Sign

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The Damage from the Taurus and Mustang Colliding

The Taurus was beat up from the collision with the Mustang, but the occupants suffered little injury and attempted to flee the scene on foot. When caught by police the driver was found to not have a license and the vehicle was stolen.

The 17-year-old boy driving the Taurus has been placed in police custody and now faces charges for four deaths.

It is horrible incidents such as these that make the car accident fatality rate for teens so high. As a parent this can be disconcerting and stressful, but there are steps you can take to help make your teen a better and safer driver the article: Top Teen Driving Tips is a useful tool for parents in teaching their child the ways of the road and preventing accidents like this through proactive measures.

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