2 killed in River Road head-on car accident, one was father of newborn

Washington State Trooper Guy Gill is calling the death of two men in a head-on collision on River Road near Tacoma on Monday evening a “tragedy.”

One of the men, Jerry Neal, 28 of Bonney Lake, was headed to Tacoma General Hospital to pickup his girlfriend and newborn baby when the car accident occurred.

The accident occurred around 4pm when Neal, driving a Kia Sorento southbound, crossed the double center turn line and collided head on with Dodge Neon driven by Gregory Stevens, 30, of Puyallup. Stevens was returning home after running errands according to Stacey Mulick writing in the Tacoma News Tribune.

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident. There was no indication that Neal was distracted at the time of the accident or that he attempted to avoid the collision.

Head On Collisions

Head on collisions are some of the most deadly accidents because of the combined force of two vehicles hitting each other at a high speed. Fatalities are even higher when the vehicles are mismatched, say a pickup truck and a compact car colliding.

The main causes of head on collisions are failing to negotiate a turn, passing a slower vehicle, driver drowsiness or distraction in which the driver drifts into the opposite lane, icy or snowy road conditions or sometimes suicide.

The Effects of a Head On Car Accident

In a head on car accident the lives of those involved changes in an instant. Sometimes the drivers and passengers suffer catastrophic injuries such as brain damage, paralysis, and broken bones. In this case, presumably two families are grieving the loss of their loved one. It feels especially tragic that a newborn infant will never know his or her father.

The WSP will determine the factors that contributed to this fatal car accident outside of Tacoma. The family of the deceased may choose to file a wrongful death claim to compensate for the death of their loved one which may include burial costs, loss of consortium and future earnings.

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