Hockley — 21-Year-Old Dead After Fatal Accident 4.5 Miles SE of Anton
Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 at 8:44 am
A fatal accident that led to the death of a 21-year-old Anton resident occurred at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019, just 4.5 miles southeast of Anton.
According to DPS, a 2008 Chevy Cobalt was traveling southeast on US-84, and along the way, the vehicle encountered a dead black cow lying in the roadway, which had been hit minutes earlier by another vehicle, according to reports. The driver of the vehicle, Nathaniel White, a 21-year-old resident of Lubbock, claimed he saw a shadow in the road but did not have time to evade.
As a result, the vehicle hit the cow and then rolled into the south ditch of US-84. There were three occupants inside the vehicle: White, Eric Gutierrez, 22 and another resident of Lubbock, and Alizah Reyes, a 21-year-old resident of Anton.
White and Gutierrez were transported to a nearby Lubbock hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Alizah Reyes, on the other hand, was not able to make it and was therefore pronounced dead.
It has been reported that none of the occupants were wearing seatbelts when the accident occurred.
Car accidents are a serious problem in this day and age, and yet they still happen quite often. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), car accidents happen almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, a car accident occurs that results in death. So that is roughly about 6 million car accidents every year and 90 people dying in car accidents every day in the U.S. alone.
Driving under influence (DUI), speeding, and reckless driving are the three typical causes of accidents that result in death, but aside from these, not wearing a seatbelt is another factor that can increase the chances of dying in a car crash. In fact, it is noted that seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 45%, and they also cut the risk of serious injury by 50%. With this, people not wearing a seatbelt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from the vehicle during the crash. That being said, the next time anyone rides a vehicle, don’t take the risk of not wearing the seatbelt. Be extra careful and always fasten your seatbelt.