HINDS COUNTY- MS- Wmcactionnews5.com reports that the identity of a vehicle passenger killed in an accident on I-220 has been released. According to the Hinds County coroner, 18-year-old Carniqua Bogan from Jackson was killed in the 4-vehicle accident that happened at about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.
The driver of the vehicle Bogan was traveling was rushed to the hospital where he was reportedly in critical condition. Bogan died at the scene of the crash.
No one else was reported to have been injured in the accident. Investigations into the cause of the crash are ongoing.
Traffic-related fatalities in Mississippi have seen disturbing trends. After years of declining, the number of deaths rose in 2016. In 2015, Mississippi was one of the last states to ban texting and driving, which is a major cause of traffic accidents and traffic-related fatalities.
Additionally, Mississippi has one of the lowest rates in America of vehicle occupants being restrained with seat belts. Only 77.9% percent of people in Mississippi use seat belts, while the national average is 90.1%. About 50% of people killed in car accidents in Mississippi were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. This indicates that many of these fatalities could have been prevented.
Mississippi only recently took actions to reduce the number of unrestrained vehicle passengers. In the summer of 2017, state legislators instituted a law requiring all vehicle occupants to wear a seatbelt. Previously the state allowed for backseat passengers over the age of 7 to ride without their safety belts fastened. Riding in a vehicle without a seatbelt on will now result in a $25 dollar fine. The law also indirectly made it illegal for people to engage in the dangerous practice of riding in the bed of a pickup truck.
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