Minor injuries were reported after a wrong-way driver crashed head-on with a semi-truck and attempted to flee the scene in Nevada County on Wednesday afternoon, March 15, 2023.
According to the California Highway Patrol, who responded with Truckee Police and Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at about 12:15 p.m. along eastbound Interstate 80 near the Donner Rest area.
A gold Lexus SUV was reportedly traveling westbound on the eastbound I-80 lanes before colliding head-on with an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer combination vehicle, resulting in minor injuries.
The Lexus driver immediately tried to leave the scene on foot, jumping on other passing motorists and trying to carjack their vehicles. The responding officers then located the unidentified suspect driver as he fled on foot along I-80 near Castle Peak.
He was taken into custody and booked into the Nevada County Jail on numerous offenses, including reckless driving, hit and run, and suspicion of DUI.
No further details were immediately available on the condition of the truck driver. Anyone with information on the crash is urged to call the authorities.
Reckless Accident Statistics
In the United States, reckless drivers annually account for hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “willful disregard” for the safety of other drivers on the road constitutes reckless driving.
There is probably no way to know how many people are killed or injured yearly solely due to irresponsible driving. Nonetheless, the AAA found that between 2003 and 2007, careless driving contributed to 56% of all traffic accidents.
Excessive speed is the leading contributor to fatal car accidents in the United States, as the data collected annually shows. Drunk driving is also a significant factor that causes problems along the country’s roadways.
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