This week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is observing National Teen Driver Safety Week. Car crashes are still the leading cause of death for children and teens in the U.S., and an estimated 195,000 young drivers were injured in crashes in 2015. The NHTSA is encouraging parents to talk about to their teen drivers about safety behind the wheel. In addition to discussing important topics like distracted driving and underage drinking, parents are also reminded to talk about seat belt use, speeding and the dangers of extra passengers.
Early Sunday morning, a Buncombe County wreck took the life of a Hendersonville teen. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the wreck happened on Ben Lippen Road, also known as Dryman Mountain Road, at about 2:00 a.m. Initial reports indicate that the vehicle was going about 60 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per hour zone prior to the crash. Very few details of this fatal wreck have been released, but we do know that the rear passenger, 18-year-old Azlyan Dalbo of Hendersonville, died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.