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Teen driver hits tree, 3 killed, 1 injured

Authorities with the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that three teenagers were killed and one seriously injured when the car in which the four were riding lost control and hit a tree in Kodak. The accident occurred on Feb. 6 around 9:55 a.m. Two of the teenagers were reportedly skipping school at the time of the accident.

According to investigators, one teen was behind the wheel of the car. His younger sister was also in the car, as were two 18-year-old males. The driver of the car was reportedly speeding and lost control of the vehicle, leaving the roadway and striking an embankment. It subsequently crashed into the tree near Bent Road.

The driver, his sister and one of the 18-year-old men were killed. The other 18-year-old man was sitting in the backseat at the time of the accident. Officers indicated he was thrown from the vehicle but survived. He reportedly crawled towards the roadway in an effort to get help. Emergency responders flew the young man via LifeStar to University of Tennessee Medical Center. Reportedly, he is now talking and awake. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident.

When people are killed or seriously injured in a car accident caused by the negligent driving of another, the families of those who are killed and the people who are seriously injured may be able to recover damages by filing wrongful death or personal injury civil lawsuits against the driver. When the driver is also killed, people may still recover damages by naming the estate of the negligent driver as the defendant to the lawsuit. In some cases in which a minor is the driver, the parents may also be held to be vicariously liable.

Source: WATE, "3 teens killed, 1 injured after car hits tree in Kodak," Laura Halm, Feb. 6, 2015

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