In our last post we discussed a serious mass transit accident which sent 18 PACE bus riders to the hospital. Another serious multiple-victim traffic accident happened Friday night in Hinsdale. This serious auto accident involved a 16-year-old driver who was driving seven other teens in his car when he left the road of South Park Avenue near the intersection of East 4th Street. The Chicago Tribune reports that the teen driver lost control of his car and slammed into a tree and wooden pole in the middle of the parkway.
All but one person in the car was taken to an area hospital. Authorities describe five of the car occupants as having “incapacitating” injuries, although it is unclear what that means. Typically when describing injuries medical professionals use the terms “minor,” “severe,” and “critical.” Media reports sometimes use “critical” and “life-threatening” interchangeably when covering car accidents.
Authorities cited the 16-year-old driver in this accident with failure to reduce speed to avoid and collision and for violating Illinois graduated driver law which prohibits teens from carrying too many minor passengers. Studies show that teen boys are the most likely drivers to be involved in car crashes and the risk of a teenage car accident goes up exponentially when other teens are in the car.