Twenty-three-year-old Amanda Hoffman, a recent graduate of Texas A&M, is currently in a neurology critical care unit as she recovers from critical injuries sustained in a car accident late last month.
Hoffman was traveling with two other athletes on the Texas A&M Waterski team, Scott McCormick and Will Stevenson. They were driving east of Jackson, Mississippi, on their way to North Carolina for the Collegiate All Stars Water Ski tournament. It was about 6:00 a.m. when their vehicle, Amanda’s Toyota 4-Runner, veered off of Interstate 20 and rolled two and a half times.
Hoffman was ejected from the car. She had been asleep in the back seat and wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
McCormick and Stevenson were both wearing seatbelts when the accident occurred. Both were transported to a nearby hospital and released the same day, though McCormick suffered fractured vertebrae in the crash.
Hoffman was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she remains. Sources say that a CT scan has revealed major brain damage, but she is responsive to stimulation and has stable vital signs.
There has been no indication of any charges to be filed in this case, and the cause has not been announced.
With an across-country road trip, it’s conceivable that fatigue may have played a part in causing this tragic crash. Fatigued driving is similar to intoxicated driving and is essentially as dangerous.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every year at least 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 injuries are caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel.
Motorists are urged not to ignore the following signs of fatigue, all of which can cause loss of control of a vehicle:
- Feeling tired or sleepy.
- Tired or burning eyes.
- Driving over the centerline or off the road.