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Preventing Teen Deaths in Cars On January 10 1999 Jenny Howard and her best friend Mary Calvino were killed in an automobile accident Jenny was a young 16-year-old sophomore and had recently received her drivers license Jenny was driving her best friend to the movies when she pulled out in front of a speeding truck The crash killed the two girls on impact and left the driver of the truck in critical condition Jennys car caught on fire and their lifeless bodies were incinerated The driver of the truck recovered months after but is now a paraplegic The event that took place that night was a tragedy for those involved The innocent truck driver never saw the car until the last second and had almost no time to react The young girls inexperience andor distraction from the teenage passenger clearly led to the fatal mistake of pulling out in front of an oncoming vehicle The families of both crash victims were affected greatly by the tragedy It seems that everyone knows someone that has been in a car accident or has a friend that knows of a car wreck victim Car accidents are common in society today and are the most likely way a person 16-18 years of age will die Moncivals California law states that it is illegal to purchase tobacco as a minor a person under 18 but at 16 years old allows a person to operate a vehicle that has the potential to kill themselves and others It is illogical that an individual so young and inexperienced should be given the opportunity to put their own life and the lives of others at risk Eisner 2 In the state of California an individual
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