POSTED: Monday, June 17, 2013 - 6:04pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 22, 2013 - 3:57pm
Police say: Seventeenth traffic fatality this year
EL PASO (KTSM) — A sixteen-year-old teenager was killed Sunday while trying to fix a flat tire on the side of the road.
Alan Ordonez was driving south bound on Loop 375 and pulled over near Rojas to fix a tire when he was struck by another vehicle.
This makes it the 17th traffic related death this year, according to police.
This isn’t the first time something like this has happened. In 2011 two sixteen-year-olds were pulled over to the side to do car repairs on Loop 375 when they were struck and
Sandra V. Marquez Program Director of Defensive Driving said there are too many teens involved in deadly accidents.
“According to statistics, one out of every three people under the age of 21 will either die or cause an accident before their 26th birthday,” she said.
She said it happens too often where teens just get in a car and go. But many don’t measure the consequences this could bring, even if it’s not their fault.
The easiest and safest way to show drivers what you are doing on the side of the road is to turn on your flashers and pop open the hood and trunk of your car.
“You really have to communicate with other drivers,” said Marquez. “Turning on the emergency lights will help drivers know you are parked and they can switch lanes.”
She said having something like a safety kit can also help reduce the risk of causing a deadly accident.
"This one has a rope, cables in case you ever need to jump start your car, it has a flash light and a vest,” said Marquez.
She emphasized the vest can really help visibility at night, even if you have already turned on your emergency lights and put on your brake.
Defensive Driving student Hector Rubio, said he is barely learning how to drive but he has already spotted one major problem.
“Don’t try to be cool around your friends,” he said. “Be respectful with other people be calm. Don’t be one of those road ragers. Just follow everything.”
And Marquez also said with this warm weather, tires on the cars are expected to flatten and even pop. And the best way to help prevent a blowout is to check your vehicle at
least once every week.