When two 16-year-olds died in a fiery Montgomery County car crash last March, their demise might have been used as an object lesson for teenage lawlessness. On Tuesday, their deaths became part of a larger, troubling statistic.
Teenagers are dying in car crashes at a much higher rate, particularly 16- and 17-year-olds. Their death rate jumped 19 percent nationwide, with 240 killed in the first six months of last year, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association.
“The numbers are small but important, since we know teen drivers kill other teens and other road users,” said Jonathan Adkins, deputy executive directory of the GHSA. “States, the federal government and the private sector target a lot of attention and money to these young drivers, so it is logical to examine how they are doing.”
In the Montgomery County crash, a 14-year-old also died and an 18-year-old was injured as the teenagers fled police pursuit at 100 mph in a stolen car on southbound Connecticut Avenue on March 23.