Save Our Teen Drivers

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Two local teens killed in crash

Posted by lapearce on April 7, 2009

A picture says a thousand words:
That is what happens when an 18 year-old-boy with absolutely no worthwhile driver’s training gets into an emergency situation with a 300 hp car.

This afternoon Mark Motley, 18, of Trabuco Canyon and his passenger, Zachary Rafferty, 17 were killed instantly after Mark lost control while driving his car at high speeds through a twisting road. The poor boy probably didn’t even know he was putting his life, and the life of his friend, at risk.

This crash was avoidable. It was avoidable with better education. We all think these things can’t happen to you. That your child, your friend, you will be safe out there. But until it does happen to you, you don’t understand just how fragile we all are. Why must we wait until someone we love is killed in a crash before we understand the danger? I hope that at least one person will read this story and make a change in how they, or someone they love, drives. If it saves one life…

My deepest condolences to the families of Mark and Zachary as well as to all of the boys’ friends. Demand changes today from the DMV, before another life is lost.


3 Responses to “Two local teens killed in crash”

  1. […] Two local teens killed in crash […]

  2. […] Mark Motley and Zach Raffety, 18 and 17 respectively, were killed in my area attempting this exact […]

  3. […] passenger who was killed in a crash where speed and inexperience proved to be a deadly combination. A Mustang GT driving by 18-year-old Mark lost control at high speed through a winding road. It spun and hit a tree, which nearly cut the car in two, killing both Mark and his 17-year-old […]

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