Driver Crashes Into Home, Killing Little Boy, Critically Injuring Friend: Reports

November 26, 2018 Updated: November 26, 2018

A Georgia boy is dead and another is in critical condition after a driver lost control of his vehicle and slammed into a home on Covington last week, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The driver, Karlrio Kelsey, 34, is expected to face charges in the case. He’s accused of losing control of 1997 Dodge Ram on Kirkland Road before he slammed into a garage about 82 feet away from the roadway. The garage had two children inside.

Luke McWilliams and Braden Stevenson, both 12, were searching for a pet hamster in a garage belonging to Braden’s grandmother, AJC reported. That’s when Kelsey’s Dodge Ram slammed into the garage.

The vehicle ran over Luke and pinned Braden against the wall, the report said.

Braden was rushed to Piedmont Newton Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. Luke was flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, underwent several surgeries, and is now in critical condition.

Other details about the case are not clear.

“While waiting through his initial surgery, we discovered a car lost control and went through a garage, trapping Luke under a parked van in the garage, and pinning his friend Braden Stevenson between the car and the wall,” reads a GoFundMe for Luke’s family. “After seven hours of surgery, at just 12 years old, he now has a plate from his hip to his knee, pins in both knees, a halo to hold his tibia and femur together, and 41 units worth of blood transfusions due to the significant amount he lost.”

“Braden was on the phone talking about the missing hamster with his father … at the exact moment of impact. The horror of this tragic accident and what Cory heard on the other end of the phone line, as his son instantly became unresponsive, can’t be described in words and is beyond a parents [worst] nightmare,” says a GoFundMe for Braden’s family.

Traffic Deaths Down Across US in 2018

U.S. traffic deaths fell 3.1 percent in the first six months of 2018, according to preliminary figures released in October 2018, Reuters reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that 2017 traffic deaths fell by 1.8 percent to 37,133 after traffic deaths rose sharply in the previous two years, according to final figures.

The U.S. traffic fatality rate fell to 1.08 deaths per 100 million miles traveled for the first half of 2018.

The fatality rate in 2017 was 1.16 million deaths per 100 million miles traveled—the second highest rate since 2008.

“This is good news and bad news,” said Deborah Hersman, CEO of the National Safety Council, CNBC reported. “The total number of fatalities is not getting worse, but the situation is not getting better.”

Hersman cited distracted driving and higher speed limits for the number.

“There are a number of states that have raised speed limits, some now have stretches at 80 or 85 miles per hour,” she said in the CNBC report.

In Texas, for example, she estimated that traffic fatalities jumped 7 percent from 2015 to 2017, in part due to higher speed limits in the state.

“We know it’s happening even though distracted driving data is hard to come by,” she said of drivers using smartphones while behind the wheel. “Police reports on accidents often don’t report if the driver was distracted and in many accidents, people don’t self-report themselves.”