PINELLAS COUNTY, FL- The tbreporter.com states that a crash that occurred on Wednesday evening has left two men from Bradon with serious injuries. The collision only involved one vehicle according to Florida Highway Patrol.
The driver, 19-year-old Coi Devlin Jenkins, failed to properly round a curve on the Bayside Bridge while operating his 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Jenkins’ vehicle entered the median and crossed the opposite lanes of traffic before crashing into some trees just off of the shoulder.
Jenkins and Travis Michael Wildfong, who was a passenger in the vehicle, both suffered injuries and were taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. Jenkins was reportedly in serious condition and Wildfong was in critical condition. Wildfong was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
The cause of the accident was not reported, but alcohol does not seem to have been a factor.
Off-the-road vehicle crashes are often accidents that involve only one car. Many of these accidents are the result of driver errors such as being distracted, falling asleep, speeding, or alcohol use. Weather conditions can also create a greater risk of these accidents as many drivers do not reduce their speed to account for potentially slippery roadways following rain or snow storms. Traveling at too high of a speed can lead to the driver losing control at a sharp turn. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this occurs more frequently with younger drivers.
Distracted driving also factors into single car accidents. It is common for drivers, especially young drivers to be distracted by their smartphones while behind the wheel. About 42% of teenage drivers admit they text while behind the wheel. Texting and driving is the most common cause of death for American teens.