On the morning of Friday, July 8, in a city near San Antonio, Texas, a 15-year-old boy was speeding away from the police, hit a pole, and died at the scene.
The Tragic Accident
Around 2 a.m. on July 8, the police responded to an attempted vehicle robbery in New Braunfels, Texas. A resident in the Rivertree subdivision suspected a 15-year-old boy of trying to steal their vehicle and scared the teen boy away.
Several witnesses saw the boy get into a vehicle and drive away. The New Braunfels police also saw the teen leaving the scene.
The police tried to pull the boy over in the 900 block of Highway 46 South, but the teen sped off and headed towards Seguin, Texas. The boy lost control of the car when attempting to turn right on Mary’s Boulevard, where he hit a metal utility pole and the car caught on fire.
Police were able to pull the boy out of the vehicle, but he was unconscious and not breathing. CPR was performed by EMS, but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The boy was the only victim of the fatal crash.
The Dangers of Underage Driving
Teens in Texas are allowed to get their driver’s permit at the age of 15, but a licensed adult at least 21 years old is required to be in the front passenger seat when they are driving. This rule keeps teens safe while learning the rules of the road. Since they are still new to driving, teens are lacking in certain areas that will only improve with practice. Until they have developed in these areas, underage teens left to drive alone may pose a danger to themselves and others.
Lack of Maturity
Some teens may be more mature than others, but all teens lack some level of maturity when sitting behind the wheel. Teens are more likely to participate in unsafe driving such as speeding, racing, or distracted driving. Peer pressure from other teenage passengers can also affect the driver’s emotions, causing them to do things they wouldn’t in an adult’s presence.
Lack of Skills
Teens are still learning the basics of driving, and they’re missing important driving skills that come with time, such as the proper way to accelerate, turn, brake, and change lanes. Teens also lack the skill to recognize potential dangers and respond correctly.
Lack of Experience
Teen drivers don’t have years of experience under their belts. Combined with maturity and driving skills, experience can help a driver in many ways. For example, experienced drivers will know that slowing the vehicle down in bad weather or congested traffic can help avoid an accident.
Learning to drive is a great opportunity for teens, but they need to learn how to drive safely from an experienced adult. Teaching young people how to be safe on the road will help them develop the maturity, skill, and experience needed to be great drivers.
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