Posted: January 3, 2012
As a personal injury lawyer and as a father its so sad to read about the death of teens in car wrecks. It happened again in Clermont County Ohio. The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to look at a one car crash that killed 2 people in Clermont County. The car wreck occured about 9:40 p.m. December 30, on Stonelick-Williams Corner Road in Stonelick Township, just north of an old covered bridge. Local 12 WKRC reported on this loss complete with video as did the other area media outlets . Skye Gabriel of Norwood, a 19 year-old, and 18 year-old Corey Peacock of Milford were identified as the two people killed. A preliminary report shows that Skye Gabriel was driving a silver Honda Civic, and failed to negotiate a curve to the right. The car went off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. As usual the reporting includes whether someone was wearing a seat belt. I find this so not newsworthy and wonder why the media reports this. One wonders what really went wrong. Surely it was not the seat belt that caused the car to leave the road. I'd venture to say the seat belt had nothing to do with the crash. We read this story and move on with our lives , but life will never ever be the same again for these families that lost loved ones. I ponder this as my 15 year old son asks me to be able to get his temps at 15 1/2. It scares the hell out of me. I recently wrote an article on the subject of teen driving and have offered up access to the parent teen safe car driving contract . It's available for free download at many different web sites. At least it is one small car accident safety tool. it's useful to get a dialogue with your teen and set your expectations. But it's certainly not fool proof. Sadly nothing is. Graduated driving in terms of the teen car driver's responsibilities and activities is another tool to help prevent car wrecks. Our mode of transportation car driving has always had a deadly risk to it. Whatever you can do to help eliminate the risk is a worthy endeavor. Our Ohio legislature is debating the complete ban on cell phones. Condolences in these times seem too little and belated . But what else is there once a terrible loss occurs.