As reported by WRAL news, a Ford Mustang, driven by Tristan Hanna, 26, of Webster, N.Y., hit a Ford Explorer driven by Hien Truong, 26, of Parkton, North Carolina. The head-on collision took place at the 2800 block of Hope Mills Road just before 2:30 p.m..
As a result of this head-on collision, Hanna, Truong and Truong's infant daughter would later die at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill according to Fayetteville police Sergeant, Dave Servie. Investigators assigned to the accident have speculated that the driver of the Ford Mustang, Hanna, may have veered left of the center line, which may have contributed to the collision.
Hanna's fiancee that was riding in the Mustang and a third passenger in the SUV, Truong's wife, are listed in serious condition at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina (N.C.).The wreck was so severe that it took the police and emergency crews almost two hours in order to clear up Hope Mills Road for traffic again.
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration reviewed research of traffic speed in relation to vehicle crashes and this is what the summary stated:
- That the risk of having a crash is increased both for vehicles traveling slower than the average speed, and for those traveling above the average speed.
- That the risk of being injured increases exponentially with speeds much faster than the median speed.
- That the severity of a crash depends on the vehicle speed change at impact.
- That there is limited evidence that suggests that lower speed limits result in lower speeds on a system wide basis.
- That most crashes related to speed involve speeding too fast for the conditions.
A head-on crash involves the third point set out above. The change in speed when cars crash front end to front end is typically high. This type of accident has an increased likelihood of the serious bodily injuries seen in this sad event in NC. Our hearts go out to the victims and families.