Although they only make up a small percentage of overall crashes, head-on collisions account for an alarmingly high percentage of traffic fatalities. Most head-on collisions occur on interstates and highways. They are also more likely to occur in rural areas than in urban locations. Several factors can contribute and lead to head-on collisions, but there are two common causes of collisions that tend to stand out. One such cause is drunken, drugged, or drowsy driving, which can lead to a driver veering into oncoming traffic. Another culprit is distracted driving, which can cause the driver to cross over the center lines and into the way of traffic driving in the opposite direction.
My Panhandle.com reports that one person was killed, and another was critically injured in a Holmes County crash.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the accident occurred Sunday night at about 7:30 p.m.
According to the report, James Kelley was driving northbound on County Road 181. He veered into the southbound lanes and continued driving. Several vehicles were approaching from the south and Kelley’s car sideswiped two of these vehicles.
He continued in the southbound lanes and eventually crashed head-on into another vehicle. The driver of the third vehicle, Cynthia Perrigin of Columbus, Mississippi was killed in the crash.
Kelley is in critical condition and it is not known if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash. It was reported that neither Kelley nor Perrigin were wearing seat belts.
The drivers of the two sideswiped vehicles suffered from minor injuries.
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