According to WTVF-TV, a man was killed following a May 6 Mt. Juliet head-on vehicle accident.
The station reported that 22-year-old Justin Odom of Lebanon passed away on May 12, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, nearly a week after the accident took place. The crash occurred on Lebanon Road, near the Mt. Juliet Little League ball fields at around 8:50 p.m.
Police said that Odom was behind the wheel of a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck driving eastbound when he lost control and struck a westbound 2013 Ford Explorer head-on. Following the initial impact, a 2006 Mazda M3 then rear-ended the Ford Explorer.
Odom had to be transported via LifeFlight to Vanderbilt. The driver and the passenger of the Explorer, Timothy and Tracie Cole, ages 49 and 43 of Old Hickory, were taken by ambulance to Vanderbilt, where they received care for critical injuries.
Witnesses told police that the truck fishtailed prior to hitting the Explorer. The accident remains under investigation, but authorities said that Odom’s failure to keep in the proper lane contributed to the crash.
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Yahoo! reported last year that on average, 360 people are killed each year in wrong-way collisions.
While this accident remains under investigation, alcohol is a key contributor to wrong-way crashes. The news service also reported that a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) study of 1,566 wrong-way crashes from 2004 to 2009 found that drivers had blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than twice the legal limit in 59 percent of crashes.
Additionally, distracted driving, and the failure of car parts or vehicle defects, can contribute to wrong-way crashes.
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