TAMPA, FL – According to Wfla.com, two teenagers died in a crash on Saturday, January 12, 2019, when their scooter hit a pickup truck. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the crash took place at about 4:30 in the afternoon in Tampa.
The vehicles collided at Garland Court and Florida Avenue. A 17-year-old girl was driving the scooter west on Garland Court and made a left turn onto Florida Avenue. The scooter entered the pathway of a northbound pickup truck.
The two girls on the scooter were both ejected. The 17-year-old girl died at the crash scene. The passenger, identified as 19-year-old Natalia Luna, was transported to the Tampa General Hospital where she was declared dead.
Investigators do not currently think that alcohol or drugs factored into the crash. Police have not filed any charges.
Motor scooters, like motorcycles, do not offer riders much protection in accidents. It is important that anyone on a scooter or motorcycle dress in brightly colored clothing and always wear a helmet. A well-fitted helmet can prevent death or brain damage in a large percentage of crashes.
Scooters are small vehicles that can be overlooked by drivers. While brightly colored clothes can help make drivers more visible, it is important for people on smaller vehicles to remember to be extra cautious. In many cases, drivers may enter their right-of-way because they were on the lookout for larger vehicles and neglected to notice the scooter.
Intersections, in particular, are dangerous because traffic is traveling in many different directions. Left turns are particularly risky and are the event that causes a large number of traffic accidents.
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