A teenager from Kewaskum is dead and four others are injured after a car crash in the Town of Farmington.
The Washington County car accident occurred at about 8:20 p.m. on March 9, 2012 on Orchard Valley Road, near County Highway H. Nineteen-year-old Moises Castaneda of Kewaskum was driving north on Orchard Valley Road. He tried to pass another vehicle that was headed north when he crashed into a car heading south. The female driver had three children in her car.
Castaneda died at the scene. The woman and her children, ages 8, 10 and 13, were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph's Hospital in the Town of Polk.
The Wisconsin traffic accident is still under investigation. Police believe that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, but the accident may have been due to the driver’s inexperience.
The staff and attorneys of Hupy and Abraham extend our sympathies to the families affected by this tragic accident.
The majority of new drivers are teen drivers ages 15 to 20. This age group accounts for about seven percent of the driving population, but it makes up 14 percent of Wisconsin car crash fatalities. Teen drivers are involved in three times as many fatal car crashes as older drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has identified three factors that contribute to the high accident fatality rate among teenagers. These are:
- Risk-taking behavior and immaturity
- Greater risk exposure
Parents should discuss safe driving with their teens. To learn more, read our article, “Can Parents Prevent Wisconsin Teen Driving Accidents?”