A car accident in Yuba City, California claimed the life of a teenage girl on November 17, according to Appeal-Democrat.com. Kayla Lizama was celebrating her 18th birthday with friends when the car she was riding in ran off the road and struck a tree. Driver Natalie Boutilier escaped the crash uninjured, and Lizama was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries.
Lizama and Boutilier were riding in Boutilier’s Honda Civic to go visit friends at the time of the accident. The accident remains under investigation, and the California Highway Patrol did not provide details as to the cause of the accident.
“They were going to visit friends,” said family friend Summer Taylor. “They just lost control.”
Two friends following in another car witnessed the wreck and called 911.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers. Accidents claim the lives of 8-10 teens every day, and more than 350,000 teens are injured annually. The CDC claims that when teenagers are driving with another teen passenger in the car, they are more likely to be in an accident. If you are the parent of a teen driver, it is important to practice safe driving tips with them and set rules for your child. It is also important to set a good example for your children by practicing safe driving habits yourself. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a car accident, contact our firm today for a free consultation.
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