Arizona Teen Driver Crashes into Pole, Tears Car in Half

January 18, 2018 Updated: January 18, 2018

A teen driver in Scottsdale, Arizona, has died after crashing his vehicle into a light pole, ripping it in half.

Police said that officers responded to a report of a crash on Scottsdale Road, just north of Doubletree Ranch Road at around 1 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

They found a 16-year-old male driver inside the vehicle. Officials declared him dead at the scene, ABC15 reported.

Officials said that speed was a factor in the crash, but it’s not clear if drugs or alcohol played a role.

Other details about the crash were not revealed by officials.

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2,333 teens in the United States ages 16 to 19 were killed 221,313 were treated in emergency situations for injuries in vehicle crashes in 2014—the latest data available. The CDC noted that six teens each day die in car crashes.

“In 2013, young people ages 15-19 represented only 7% of the U.S. population. However, they accounted for 11% ($10 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries,” according to the CDC report.

The agency says, “Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. Fortunately, teen motor vehicle crashes are preventable, and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers on the road.”



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