An 18-year-old teenage driver died in a car accident on Tuesday, September 29th, outside Washburn, Illinois. The Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman said that Benjamin Bedell of Brimfield passed away at the scene of the accident at 4:07 p.m.
The vehicle the victim traveled in collided with a trailer around 3 p.m. at the intersection of County Road 2100N and Illinois Route 89. In the car accident report, Ruestman said Bedell was eastbound on 2100N when he pulled out and struck the semi.
The bigger vehicle, which carried grain, was northbound on R-89 at the time of the crash. The semi-truck male driver suffered injuries, and a LifeFlight helicopter conveyed him to a local hospital. There is no update on his condition at this time.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. Teen traffic accidents happen for several reasons, covering but not limited to impairment of drugs or alcohol, speeding, inexperience, and lack of seatbelt usage.
According to the Center for Disease Control, teenagers who drive at night time between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and during the weekend are more likely to crash than those who travel during the day and on weekdays.
The center advises teens to avoid driving at that time of the day, and those with inexperience should drive with adult supervision. Additionally, it is illegal for those younger than 21 years to consume alcohol; thus, teen drivers must not drink and drive, to avoid crashes and adverse legal consequences.
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