Boston-area teens seriously injured in car accident

Four Boston-area teens were seriously injured in a two-vehicle car accident Friday afternoon on the Arborway in Jamaica Plain. According to police reports, an SUV driven by one of the teens hopped the median on the Arborway and collided head-on with a pickup truck.

According to police, the 18-year-old driver of the SUV and the driver of the pickup remained in critical but stable condition as of Saturday. A 15-year-old and two 14-year-old passengers of the SUV were also injured in the wreck. The two 14-year-olds remained in pediatric intensive care as of Saturday. A passenger in the pickup truck was also injured, police said.

The accident caused traffic to jam on the Arborway for over an hour. The Latin Academy varsity hockey coach said he was sitting in the traffic when it dawned on him that the accident may have involved some of his players. Unfortunately, his sneaking suspicion was correct and two of the teens involved were members of the Latin Academy hockey team.

“This one hits home,” the hockey coach said in an interview.

Police are now investigating to determine the cause of the accident. Accident reconstruction experts are piecing together an analysis of the accident as other investigators are interviewing witnesses and victims of the crash who are able to talk. The 911 calls from the scene are also being studied.

At this point, it seems unlikely that drinking played a factor in the accident as it occurred during the afterschool hours, but distracted driving is often brought up as a potential cause when teen drivers are involved in wrecks. With school back in session, teenage drivers need to be reminded of safe driving tips as they head out for practice, games and other events.

Source: The Boston Globe, “Horrific Arborway wreck ‘hit home’ for Latin Academy coach,” Dan Adams, Sept. 7, 2013