A 15-year-old Texas teenager was killed in a car crash involving two cars just outside of Arches National Park. According to Utah authorities, the accident happened as a 2012 Jeep CJ halted at a stop sign on Arches Scenic Drive a few minutes before 2 in the afternoon. As its driver was about to turn left to the southbound lane of State Road 191, it was broadsided by a 2013 Toyota RAV4 going north.
The impact of the collision forced the Jeep into a roll, while the RAV4 spun until stopping on the road. 15-year-old Hanna Greening , one of the passengers on the RAV4, died from her injuries after being transported to St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Colorado. It’s believed the teenager used her seatbelt incorrectly, which contributed to her severe injuries. She was in the car with Holly Greening, 36, the driver; Jessica Pittman, 25, who rode in the front seat; and Emma Greening, 5 years old. They were properly restrained by their seatbelts and booster seat respectively, only suffering minor injuries.
The Jeep was driven by Adrian Navera, 26, who was also wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision. However, his companion, Cody Lakner, 27, did not wear a seatbelt. Both suffered injuries but are expected to survive. Authorities continue to investigate the accident, but they don’t believe speeding or the influence of alcohol or drugs were involved. To learn your rights and steps to take after being involved in a car accident, talk to the legal team of Barrus Injury Lawyers.