Week-long streak of deadly crashes on area roadways - FOX34 Lubbock

Week-long streak of deadly crashes on area roadways

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There has been a deadly wreck in our area nearly every single day in the last week.

8 crashes have been reported since last Wednesday and 5 reported within Lubbock city limits.

Lubbock police say the streak is note-worthy.

"Any time we're seeing 5 crashes in a 7 day period, that's definitely a lot of accidents... so we really want to examine what those situations were and see if there are any contributing factors moving forward," Allison Matherly, spokesperson for Lubbock PD, said.

On Wednesday morning on December 11, a head-on collision on Clovis highway killed 31-year-old Jason Workman.

Another collision at Erskine and North Slide Sunday night, left 16-year-old Michael McCormick dead. 

And this past Monday, a Porsche lost control on north I-27, hitting a Buick, sending both cars careening into a grass ditch and killing 21-year-old Zatryx Boggus.

At this time, it is unclear what exactly caused these wrecks, but Lubbock police say in general, the top 3 causes in our area tend to be speed, alcohol and driver inattention.

"According to the National Traffic Highway Administration, 94 percent of all crashes on our roadways are preventable," Dianah Ascencio, spokesperson for Tx-DOT, said.

The  experts have some tips they say could be life or death when heading out on the roads:

  • Avoiding distractions like your phone
  • Wearing your seat belt at all times
  • Always paying attention to your surroundings

"Those are mothers, and fathers and brothers and sisters, siblings that we're losing on state roadways everyday," Ascencio said.

According to Tx-DOT not a day has gone by without a death on Texas roads since 2000.

Since the #EndTheStreakCampaignTX was created in 2015, there has been a downward trend of deadly car crashes state-wide.

But to continue that trend, Ascencio says, drivers must be practicing good habits all the time.

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