Fatal Car Crash Leave Three Dead on New Year’s Day
A crash in the early morning hours of the New Year’s Day left three persons dead and another injured. The crash took place on the Rifle Range Road, nearly five miles from Wetumpka in Elmore County.
According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the accident happened when a driver lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree. The collision caused the vehicle to overturn.
The vehicle involved in the accident was a 1997 Lexus ES300. Ladarius Antonio Griffin, 22, of Montgomery was driving the vehicle at the time. He also had another three passengers in the car with him. These included Charnavia Lashay Hinkle, 22 and Lamisha Nicole Avera, 22, as well as an unidentified passenger. Hinkle hailed from Montgomery while Avera hailed from Wetumpka.
The crash took place at about 2:30 a.m. on the New Year’s Day. Griffin, who was the driver of the Lexus, somehow lost control of it. The car left the roadway and then crashed straight into a tree. It then overturned due to the sheer force of the collision.
It is not clear exactly what caused Griffin to lose control of the vehicle. The troopers have ruled out alcohol as the accident was not caused by DUI. However, law enforcement personnel believe that Griffin was distracted by something which caused him to lose control and cause the crash.
Of the four passengers in the vehicle, only one was wearing a seatbelt at the time. The passenger wearing the seatbelt survived the crash. Once authorities reached the site of the accident, the injured but surviving passenger was rushed to a local hospital for emergency medical care and treatment. The other three passengers were not wearing a seatbelt and died from the severe injuries sustained in the crash. If you were involved in a wreck, contact our Birmingham car accident lawyers today.
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