A Cave City, Arkansas man was killed near Strawberry, Arkansas on Saturday, February 14th. James Koch, 34, of Cave City was driving west on Highway 230 in a 1994 Saturn. Koch drove into the eastbound lane, colliding with a 2011 Chevrolet, driven by Caitlin Whitmire. The crash occurred at 3:20 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.
James Koch was pronounced dead at the scene, and transported to Wortham Funeral Home in Highland, Ark. The other driver, Caitlin Whitmire was injured in the crash and transported to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Head-on Car Accident
A head-on collision is a traffic accident in which the front ends of two cars collide, and hit each other in opposite directions. Many times, head-on auto accidents are fatal. Statistics show that in 2005, head-on accidents accounted for only 2% of all crashes, yet accounted for over 10% of all US fatal accidents.
Head-on car crashes, like sideswipes and run-off-road accidents, are considered lane-departure accidents. They are categorized because the causes are very similar, regardless of the outcomes. If the driver of one vehicle fails to stay centered in their lane; crossing into another lane, leaving the roadway, or crossing the centerline, the possibility of an accident increases dramatically.
From Wortham Funeral Home, James Koch was taken to Qualls Funeral Service in Cave City, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will take place at Maxville Missionary Baptist Church in Cave City with burial to follow. View Koch’s obituary here.