TARRANT COUNTY, Texas—Teen brothers Isaiah Lopez and Elijah Lopez tragically died in a car accident in Fort Worth on Sept.15, about a mile from their high school.
The collision happened around 4:30 p.m. in the 5000 block of West Bailey Boswell Road near the Twin Mills Boulevard intersection. Fort Worth police said witnesses reported that the car carrying the brothers was eastbound when the driver lost control and traveled into the westbound lanes, according to a local news report. The car then collided head-on with a large, westbound pickup truck carrying three people.
The brothers died at the scene of the accident.
Two people in the pickup truck were transported to a local hospital for injuries. Police have not released their identities, nor have they released details on the severity of their injuries. The third occupant was treated and released on the day of the crash.
In a message to parents, the Boswell High Principal identified the brothers as victims of the crash and said the school community was in shock of their loss. Isaiah Lopez was a senior and his brother, Elijah Lopez, was a freshman. Their ages have not been released.
A prayer vigil for the boys was held on the school’s baseball field where both planned to play this season, and community members adorned the area where the accident happened with flowers, according to several local news reports
The cause of the accident is still under investigation by Fort Worth police.
Commentary on fatal car accidents
I am deeply distressed these two young brothers were killed in a needless automobile accident. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of serious injury and death among young people in the U.S. In 2019 alone, more than 1,600 of our youth killed in crashed and more than 200,000 were injured. Statistically, teens are more likely to be involved in a car accident when they use a cell phone while driving, when they accompanied by other teenagers (three times more likely), and when they drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
We don’t have enough information to know whether any of the typical factors for teen vehicle accidents were present in this accident. A thorough investigation will be needed to determine the reason for the driver’s loss of control of the vehicle. As a concerned parent myself, my heart goes out to the family and loved ones of these two young boys whose lives were tragically cut short.
Proper parent supervision can prevent most teen accidents, including insuring young drivers spend ample time practicing driving skills and avoid giving friends rides during their first critical year driving. For parents and guardians, modeling safe driving skills is key to helping them gain the experience they need to become skilled, safe drivers. When impressionable young drivers see their parents use cell phones, eat, apply makeup, or adjust their GPS navigation while driving, they imitate those unsafe behaviors. Unfortunately, this often has disastrous results.
Parents, let’s lay some ground rules for our kids to ensure they know what safe driving measures are expected, such as wearing seatbelts at all times, avoiding cell phones, radios, GPS navigation, and other distractions. Alcohol and drugs, of course, should be entirely avoided. Let’s keep our kids focused on the road—alert, attentive, and respectful of the privilege to drive on our country’s highways.
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