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Two Deadly, Single-Vehicle Crashes Occurred Just Hours Apart

While most motorists fear other drivers on the roadway, the deadliest of collisions are often single-vehicle crashes. Statistics show that more than half of nationwide fatal car accidents are single-vehicle accidents. In matter of fact, in 2015, AAA found that single-vehicle crashes were behind 55% of all traffic fatalities. According to the agency, 96% of drivers fear that they will be struck by another driver running a red light. 86% of people fear that they will be hit by a driver who is distracted by a smartphone or other device. 

The Troy Daily News reports that two people were killed in separate single-vehicle accidents. 

On Wednesday, there were two fatal crashes in Miami County. 

Before 12:30 P.M., Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies and medics responded to a single-vehicle crash in Bethel Township on Wednesday. 

37-year-old Mathew Charles Martin was the sole occupant in the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to authorities, Martin was not wearing a seatbelt when the vehicle had veered off the left side of the road. I then struck a telephone pole and several trees before it rolling onto its roof. 

According to witnesses, just prior to the accident, the vehicle had been speeding. 

The second fatal crash occurred a few hours later, around 4:30 P.M. 

32-year-old Elora Taylor was driving westbound on Fenner Road. She lost control of the vehicle and veered off the left side of the road. Her vehicle overturned and began to roll, knocking down a utility pole. 

Initial investigation indicates that distracted driving and excessive speed played a role in the crash.

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