Victims Died And Driver Sustained Serious Injuries In Head On Collision
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, wrong-way crashes account for only about 3% of accidents on high-speed divided highways. However, due to the nature of these types of accidents, they are more likely to result in serious injuries and fatalities than other types of accidents that happen on highways and interstates. A study completed in Virginia found that wrong-way accidents on controlled-access highways have a fatality rate that is 27 times higher than other kinds of accidents. The California Department of Transportation found a fatality rate 12 times greater than that of other types of accidents.
Lo Hud reports that new details have emerged about a fatal accident that occurred on Interstate 287.
The crash occurred on Thursday, January 30th when Jaime Paucar drove the wrong way on Interstate 287.
According to reports, Paucar had been driving a 2006 Jeep the wrong way for about 2.5 miles when he crashed head-on into a 2018 BMW 300Ci just before 8:30 p.m. The crash occurred near the border of Harrison and White Plains.
The Jeep flipped during the accident and landed on the center median guardrail.
The driver of the BMW, 57-year-old Jordan Watchell, died at the scene of the accident. A passenger, identified as 17-year-old Eric Goldberg, died on the way to the hospital.
Watchell’s son Preston and another passenger were both treated on the scene for injuries.
Paucar also sustained major injuries in the crash. No charges have been filed against Paucar, but the investigation is still ongoing.