List of people who died in road accidents

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This is a list of notable people who have been killed in road accidents. This list does not include those who were killed competing on closed road events whether in motorsport or in competitive cycling events. Passengers of a vehicle are indicated in parentheses on the "mode of transport field".

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NameBirthDeathNationalityNotabilityMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Abe, NorifumiNorifumi Abe19752007Japanesemotorcycle racerscooterYamaha XP 500 TMAXKawasaki, Kanagawa, JapanCollision with a lorry, who made an illegal u-turn in front of him, when he was riding his motorcycle.[nb 1][1][2]
Adams, FrankFrank Adams19301989Britishmathematiciancar
Adelabu, AdegokeAdegoke Adelabu19151958Nigerianpoliticiancar
Adenhart, NickNick Adenhart19862009Americanbaseball pitchercarMitsubishi EclipseFullerton, California[nb 2]
Adonis, AdrianAdrian Adonis19541988Americanprofessional wrestlercarLewisporte, Newfoundland, Canada[nb 3]
Aldridge, MartinMartin Aldridge19742000BritishfootballercarPeugeotA45, England[nb 4][3]
Allen, SteveSteve Allen19212000Americanactor, songwriter, authorcarEncino, California[nb 5]
Allman, DuaneDuane Allman19461971AmericanguitaristmotorcycleHarley-DavidsonMacon, Georgia[nb 6]
Amalrik, AndreiAndrei Amalrik19381980RussianwritercarNear Guadalajara, Spain[nb 7]
Andolsek, EricEric Andolsek19661992Americanfootball playerstationaryThibodaux, Louisiana[nb 8]
Anglin, JackJack Anglin19161963AmericanCountry music singercarMadison, Tennessee[nb 9]
Armenulić, SilvanaSilvana Armenulić19391976BosniansingercarFord GranadaKolari, Smederevo, YugoslaviaThe car was reportedly travelling 130 km/h (81 mph), when it collided with a FAP truck.[4]
Arruza, CarlosCarlos Arruza19201966Mexicanbullfightercar
Ashby, DonDon Ashby19551981Canadianice hockey playercar
Asparuhov, GeorgiGeorgi Asparuhov19431971Bulgarianfootballercar
al-Assad, BasilBasil al-Assad19621994Syrianeldest son and heir of president of SyriacarMercedes-BenzDamascus, SyriaWhile driving his car at high speed through fog in the early hours of the morning,[5] Bassel is said to have collided with a motorway roundabout without wearing a seatbelt, and he died instantly.[6][7]
Astrid of Sweden19051935SwedishQueen of the Belgianscar (passenger)Packard One-Twenty convertibleKüssnacht am Rigi, near Lake Lucerne, Schwyz, SwitzerlandAs the Queen pointed out something on a map to her husband, the car went off the road, down a steep slope, and slammed into a pear tree. Queen Astrid's body was ejected from the car and collided with the trunk of the tree, while the car slammed into a second tree.
Armstrong, RegReg Armstrong19261979Irishmotorcycle racermotorcycle
Audret, PascalePascale Audret19362000Frenchactresscar (passenger)Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze, France[8]
Aus, LauriLauri Aus19702003Estonianprofessional cyclistbicycleTartu, EstoniaAus was struck by a truck during a workout session.[9]

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NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupationMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Christian Bakkerud19842011DanishRetired racing drivercarAudi RS6Putney Heath near Wimbledon CommonInvestigations ongoing.[10][11]
Bajraktarević, MirsadaMirsada Bajraktarević19511976BosniansingercarFord GranadaKolari, Smederevo, YugoslaviaThe car was reportedly travelling 130 km/h (81 mph), when it collided with a FAP truck.[4]
Harry Bamford[12]19201958EnglandfootballermotorcycleBristol, EnglandCollided with a car. He remained in hospital for three days before finally dying from his injuries on 31 October.
Maurice Banach19671991GermanfootballercarOpel Omega KombiAutobahn near Remscheid, Germany
Ian Bannen19281999ScottishactorcarRenault LagunaKnockies Straight, ScotlandWith his wife driving, hit a verge and the vehicle overturned.
Gerhard Barkhorn19191983GermanWorld War II Luftwaffe fighter acecarCologne, GermanyCrashed during a winter storm killing his wife and fatally injuring himself.
Roland Barthes19151980FrenchPhilosopherpedestrianParis, FranceHit by a laundry van while walking home from a lunch party hosted by François Mitterrand.
Jeff Batters19701996AmericanIce hockey playercarPickup TruckTrans-Canada Highway Canmore, Alberta, CanadaDriving the wrong way down a highway access ramp at 4am, the truck drove off the road and rolled. Jeff Batters was ejected and crushed by the truck. Another passenger, 18-year old Sherri Kalan was also killed. Police botched the investigation and could not determine who was driving, so all charges were dropped.
Chris Bell19511978AmericanBig Star musiciancarTriumph TR7
Brad Beckman19641989AmericanAmerican football playercarLilburn, GeorgiaIn icy conditions, the driver (Jeff Modesitt) bumped the rear of another vehicle and skidded into the northbound lanes of the interstate. When the driver got out to inspect the damage with Beckman still sitting in the car, a tractor trailer rig slammed into the side of the car killing Beckman instantly and critically injuring Modesitt.
Lamont Bentley19732005AmericanActorcarMercedes-BenzSimi Valley, CaliforniaExited the highway at high-speed, ran a stop sign, went through a chain-link fence, rolled down an embankment, ejected through moonroof, and run over by five other vehicles.
Liz Birt[13]19562005AmericanCorporate, tax and health care attorney and lobbyist.car2006 Ford TaurusAspen, ColoradoThe driver of the Taurus (with Birt as a passenger) turned left onto the highway into the path of an oncoming pickup truck which struck the passenger side of the car killing Birt.
J. Stuart Blackton18751941AmericanFilm producer
Bill Boaks19041986BritishPolitical campaigner for road safetybusBoaks was injured in a minor road traffic accident while getting off a bus. His death in hospital two years later was the result of complications from the head injuries sustained.
Marc Bolan19471977BritishT.Rex musiciancar (passenger)Mini 1275GTQueens Ride, Barnes Common, southwest LondonDriver was girlfriend Gloria Jones.[14]
D. Boon19581985AmericanThe Minutemen musicianvanWas sleeping on the van when it crashed
Luc Bourdon19872008CanadianIce hockey playermotorcycleSuzuki GSX-R1000Lamèque, New BrunswickRan into the back of a tractor-trailer after losing control of the motorbike.
Peter "Possum" Bourne19562003New ZealandRally drivercarSubaru ForesterRace to the Sky track, Cardrona, New ZealandDuring course inspection, Bourne collided head on with a competitor's Jeep Cherokee who was later charged for dangerous driving
Dennis Brain19211957BritishHorn virtuosocarTriumph TR2
Jaime Bravo19321970MexicanMatadorcar
Nino Bravo19441973SpanishSinger and songwritercarBMW 2800Villarrubio, Cuenca
Gianni Brera19191992Italiansports journalist and novelistcarCodogno, Lodi, Italy
Michel Brière19491971CanadianNHL playercarMercury CougarQuebec Route 117, Val-d'OrCrashed his car on May 15, 1970 and was ejected, suffering major head trauma. Died 11 months after the accident without regaining consciousness.
Rolf Dieter Brinkmann19401975GermanPoet
Gladys Brockwell18931929AmericanactresscarVentura HighwayMale friend driver, who later said he'd been blinded by dust in an eye, went off road and over a 75 foot embankment, she was crushed under the car.
Herb Brooks19372003AmericanIce hockey coach, most notably of the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team.carInterstate 35 in Washington County, MinnesotaBelieved to have fallen asleep at the wheel. Was not wearing a seat belt.
Clifford Brown19301956Americanjazz trumpeter aka "Brownie"car (passenger)west of Bedford, PennsylvaniaPowell's wife Nancy was driving at night in the rain on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, she lost control of the car and it went off the road.[15] All three were killed in the resulting crash.
Jerome Brown19651992AmericanAmerican football playercarChevrolet Corvette ZR1Brooksville, FloridaLost control of his car at high speed and hit a power pole. His nephew, a passenger in the car, was also killed.
Jean Bugatti19091939FrenchAutomotive designercarBugatti Type 57S Tank
Brandon Burlsworth19761999AmericanAmerican football playercarnear Alpena, Arkansas[16]
Cliff Burton19621986AmericanMetallica bass guitaristtour busEuropean route E4 in Ljungby Municipality, SwedenThrown out of window and crushed after the bus skidded off the road and landed on its side.

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NameBirthDeathNationalityNotabilityMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Caldés Luis, MiguelMiguel Caldés Luis19702000CubanBaseball playerSaratoga, Camagüey, Cuba[17]
Albert Camus19131960French-AlgerianWriter and Nobel Prize-winnercarFacel VegaVilleblevin, FranceMichel Gallimard, the driver, was also killed.
Eric Campbell18781917BritishSilent screen star and ubiquitous nemesis of Charlie ChaplincarLos Angeles
Cornelius Cardew19361981EnglishComposerpedestrianLeyton, LondonKilled in a "hit and run" incident. The driver of the car was never found.
Cecilia (Spanish singer), real name Evangelina Sobredo Galanes19481976SpanishSinger-songwritercarSEAT 124Near Benavente, in Zamora province, SpainMusician José Luiz Gonzalez also died in the accident.
Chang Yu-sheng19661997TaiwanesePop singer, composer and producercar
Harry Chapin19421981AmericanMusician and film producercarVolkswagen RabbitLong Island Expressway, New YorkCollision with truck.
Ernest Chausson18551899FrenchComposerbicycleLimay, Yvelines, FranceCollision with wall.
Steve Chiasson19671999CanadianHockey playerpick-up truckNorth CarolinaFell out of truck after collision. Was over drink-drive limit.
Dugald Christie19412006CanadianLawyer and political activistbicycleSault Ste. Marie, Ontario, CanadaCollision with truck.
Prince Christopher of Yugoslavia19601994YugoslavRoyaltycarIrvine, CaliforniaThe death was determined to be suicide by carbon monoxide.[18]
Bob Clark19392007AmericanFilm directorcarInfiniti I30Pacific Coast Highway, near Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CaliforniaCollision with SUV.
Spencer Clark19872006AmericanNASCAR driverTruckNear Albuquerque, New MexicoTruck was carrying a car and fell over.
Eddie Cochran19381960AmericanMusiciantaxiFord ConsulM4 motorway near Chippenham, WiltshireTaxi blew a tyre and collided with a lamp-post. Gene Vincent and Sharon Sheeley, the other passengers, survived the crash.
Ludo Coeck19551985BelgianFootballercarBMWNear Rumst, BelgiumCollision with central reservation.
Alexis Cohen19832009AmericanActress and American Idol ParticipatePedestrianMitsubishi GalantSeaside Heights, New JerseyKilled in a "hit-and-run" incident. The driver of the car, Daniel Bark, was arrested and charged with drink-driving and leaving the scene of an accident.
Brian Cole1979 c.2001AmericanBaseball playercar[19][20]
Bonar Colleano19241958AmericanactorcarQueensway Tunnel, Birkenhead
Billy Collins19611984AmericanBoxercar1972 Oldsmobile CutlassAntioch, TennesseeCollision with culvert.[21]
Rob Collins19651996EnglishMusician and keyboardist of The CharlatanscarBMWWalesWas over the drink-drive limit and not wearing a seatbelt.
Coluche19441986FrenchComedianMotorcycleOpio, Alpes-Maritimes, FranceCollision with lorry.
Amie Comeaux19761997AmericanCountry singercarDodge AvengerNear Baton Rouge, LouisianaCar overturned.
Jim Connors19401987AmericanLegendary radio disc jockey and On Air personalitycarInterstate 95 in Greenville County, Virginia
Pete Conrad19301999AmericanLunar astronautmotorcycleOjai, CaliforniaVeered off road and crashed.
Dallas Cook19822005AmericanMusicianmotorcycleCosta Mesa Freeway, near Orange, CaliforniaCollision with car.
Gottfried von Cramm19091976GermanTennis playercarNear Cairo, Egypt
Seymour Cray19251996AmericanSupercomputer architectcarJeep CherokeeInterstate 25 near Colorado Springs, ColoradoCollision with another vehicle.
Kenneth Craik19141945BritishPhilosopher and psychologistbicycle
Tonya Crews19381966AmericanModel and Playboy Playmatecar[22]
Bob Cryer19341994BritishLabour MPcarRoverM1 motorway near Watford, EnglandCar overturned on motorway. His wife, Ann, survived the crash.
Alan Crosland18941936AmericanFilm directorcarSunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
Laurie Cunningham19561989EnglishfootballercarRenault 5 GTIMadridCar collided with barrier and overturned.
Pierre Curie18591906FrenchChemist and physicist, 1903 Nobel PrizepedestrianRue Dauphine, ParisRun over by a horse-drawn vehicle.
Greg Curnoe19361992CanadianPainterbicycleKnocked down by a pick-up truck.

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NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Vitaly Daraselia19571982Georgianfootballer
Betty Jack Davis19321953AmericanCountry music singer; one half of The Davis SisterscarSkeeter Davis (no relation), the other half of The Davis Sisters, was seriously injured in the same crash. She recovered and went on to a successful recording career.
Jimmy Davis19832003BritishManchester United footballercarBMW 3 seriesM40 motorway in OxfordshireCrashed into back of lorry. Was twice over the drink-drive limit.
James Dean19311955AmericanActorcarPorsche 550 Spydernear Cholame, California
Mike Darr19762002AmericanBaseball playercarPeoria, Arizona
Roger Delgado19181973BritishactorcarRepublic of TurkeyDied on location in Turkey while shooting the (never-completed) movie Bell of Tibet. Two Turkish film technicians were killed in the same crash.
Kazimierz Deyna19471989PolishfootballercarBMWSan Diego, California
Diana, Princess of Wales19611997Britishmember of British royal familycar1994 Mercedes-Benz S280 W140Pont de l'Alma road tunnel, Paris, FranceDiana's companion, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the car, Henri Paul, were killed in the same crash; Fayed's bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones survived. Further reading: Death of Diana, Princess of Wales
František Dibarbora19161987Slovakactorcar
Mike Dickin19432006BritishRadio DJcarCornwall
Lou DiMuro19321982AmericanBaseball umpire[23]pedestrianArlington, Texas
Bridget Driscoll18521896BritishThe first pedestrian victim of an automobile accident in the United Kingdom.[24]pedestrianCrystal Palace, LondonOne of the earliest recorded road accident victims.
Alfred Dobbs18821945BritishpoliticiancarDoncaster, EnglandDobbs' car was in collision with a military vehicle
Ian Stuart Donaldson19571993BritishNeo-Nazi musiciancarVolkswagen PoloNear Burnaston, Derbyshire
Françoise Dorléac19421967FrenchFilm actresscarRenault 10A8 autoroute near Villeneuve-LoubetCollided with signpost.
Piero Drogo19261973Italianracing driver and coachbuildercarFerrari 250 CaliforniaBolognaCrashed into a broken down truck in a tunnel, both were unlit.[25]
Alexander Dubček19211992SlovakpoliticiancarBMW 535iD1 highway near Humpolec, Czech RepublicCar veered off road.
Gus Dudgeon19422002BritishRecord producercarJaguar XK8M4 motorway between Reading and MaidenheadCar veered off road.
Fred Duesenberg18761932AmericanAutomobile pioneer, designer and manufacturercarDuesenbergLincoln Highway near Jennerstown, PennsylvaniaCar overturned. Duesenberg died in hospital after being comatose for three weeks.
Isadora Duncan18781927AmericanDancercarAmilcarNice, FranceStrangled by own headscarf after collision.
Ryan Dunn19772011AmericanReality television personality and daredevilcarPorsche 911 GT3Chester County, PennsylvaniaCollided with tree. Was twice over the drink-drive limit.
Al Dvorin19232004AmericanElvis Presley concert announcercarNear Ivanpah, California

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NameNationalityBirthDeathNotabilityMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Edem EphraimBritish19591995singer and one half of London BoyscarEastern Alps, AustriaHis colleague, Dennis Fuller, also died in the head-on collision with a drunken Swiss.[26]

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NameNationalityBirthDeathNotabilityMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Fagernes, Pål ArnePål Arne FagernesNorwegian19742003Athlete (javelin)carEuropean route E6 near Moss, NorwayCollided with a truck/lorry.
Falco, FalcoAustrian19571998Rock musicianSUVMitsubishi MonteroPuerto Plata, Dominican RepublicCollided with a bus.
Farina, GiuseppeGiuseppe FarinaItaly19061966Inaugural Formula One world championcarLotus CortinaChambéry, France[27]
Fariña, RichardRichard FariñaAmerican19371966musician and writermotorcycleCarmel Valley Road, Carmel, CaliforniaMotorbike veered off road. Driver survived.
Farrell, RichardRichard FarrellNew Zealand19261958classical pianistcarArundel, Sussex, England
Farroxzad, ForoughForough FarroxzadIran19341966Modernist PoetcarJeepGholhak, Tehran, IranIn order to avoid hitting a school bus, she swerved her Jeep, which hit a stone wall; she died before reaching the hospital.
Fayed, DodiDodi FayedEgyptian19571997companion of Diana, Princess of Walescar1994 Mercedes-Benz S280 W140Pont de l'Alma road tunnel, Paris, FranceFayed was traveling with Diana, Princess of Wales at the time of the accident. Both were killed in this crash along with the driver of the car, Henri Paul; Fayed's bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones survived.
Further reading: Death of Diana, Princess of Wales
Fenslau, TorstenTorsten FenslauGerman19641993Record Producer, DJcarMercedes-Benz 500SLLandesstraße 3097, Near Messel, Hessen, GermanyFenslau, best known for his involvement in Culture Beat, lost control of his car, causing it to roll several times before coming to rest in a field. Fenslau, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle, dying in hospital a short time later.
Fernández, AlbertoAlberto FernándezSpanish19551984road racing cyclistcarNear Aranda de Duero, Burgos Province, SpainHis wife was also killed in the crash.
Fernandez, RommelRommel FernandezPanamanian19661993footballercarNear Albacete, SpainHis cousin, Ronny Rojo, survived the crash.
Farrington, JohnJohn FarringtonAmerican19361964American football playercarRensselaer, Indiana[28][29]
Flahavan, AaronAaron FlahavanEnglish19752001footballercarBMW sports carNear Bournemouth, England
Fox, CharleyCharley FoxCanadian19202008RCAF fighter pilotcarTillsonburg, Ontario[30]
Fox, StanStan FoxAmerican19522000racing drivervanDesert Road, south of Auckland, New Zealand
Fuller, DennisDennis FullerJamaican19591995singer and one half of London BoyscarEastern Alps, AustriaHis colleague, Edem Ephraim, also died in the head-on collision with a drunken Swiss.[26]

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NameBirthDeathNationalityNotabilityMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Gabelich, GaryGary Gabelich19401984AmericanLand speed record holdermotorcycleLong Beach, CaliforniaCollision with truck.[31]
Gaetano, RinoRino Gaetano19501981ItalianSinger-songwritercarVolvo 343Via Nomentana, RomeCollision with lorry.
Galimore, WillieWillie Galimore19351964AmericanFootball playercarRensselaer, IndianaTeammate John Farrington also died in the accident.
Galli, NiccolòNiccolò Galli19832001ItalianFootballercarBolognaCar collided with central reservation.
Gallo, JulioJulio Gallo19101993AmericanWinemakercarNear Tracy, CaliforniaCar veered off road.
Gassoff, BobBob Gassoff19531977CanadianIce hockey playermotorcycleNear Villa Ridge, MissouriHead-on collision with car.
Gastaldello, LinoLino Gastaldello1939[32]2010ItalyBusinessman, owner of Wilier TriestinabicycleSan Zenone degli EzzeliniHead-on collision with car.[32]
Gaudí, AntoniAntoni Gaudí18521926SpanishArchitectpedestrianBarcelonaStruck by a tram and died from his injuries three days later.
Gauss, MartyMarty Gauss19651997AmericanTruckDrunk driver hit him head on.
George, BillBill George19291982AmericanAmerican football Hall of FamervanWisconsinMr. George was driving eastbound on Illinois 72 when a tractor-trailer struck his van at an intersection.[33]
Gessinger, Marie-ChristineMarie-Christine Gessinger19922010AustrianFashion modelcarVolkswagen GolfAustriaStruck into a tree at 150 km/h over the permitted 100 km/h.[34]
Ghazi of Iraq19121939King of Iraq 1933–1939carGhazi died in 1939 in a mysterious accident involving a sports car he was driving.[35] Some believe he was killed on the orders of Nuri as-Said.
Gomez Gonzalez, JuanJuan Gómez González19541992SpanishfootballercarCalzado de Oropesa, Spain
Princess Grace of Monaco19291982Americanactress/Monegasque RoyaltycarRover P6Route de la Turbie near Monte CarloCar veered off road and overturned. Grace's daughter Princess Stéphanie survived.
Griggs, DavidDavid Griggs19671995AmericanAmerican football playercarFort Lauderdale, FloridaCollision with billboard.
Grunitzky, NicolasNicolas Grunitzky19131969Togoleseexiled President of TogocarCôte d'Ivoire
Guyton, ArthurArthur Guyton19192003AmericanPhysiologistcar

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NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Paul Hackman19531992CanadianmusicianvanNear Kamloops, British Columbia, CanadaVan belonging to Helix, Paul Hackman's band, veered off road and fell down embankment.
Jörg Haider19502008Austrianpolitician, Governor of CarinthiacarVolkswagen PhaetonNear Köttmannsdorf, Carinthia, AustriaCar veered off road and fell down embankment.
Mike Hailwood19401981BritishMotorcycle racercarRover SD1A435 Alcester Road, near Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire, EnglandCollision with lorry. Hailwood's daughter Michelle was also killed.
Veikko Hakulinen19252003FinnishSkiercarValkeakoski, Finland
David Halberstam19342007AmericanPulitzer prize winning journalistcarToyota CamryCalifornia State Route 84 at Menlo Park, California near the Dumbarton BridgeCollision with car. Kevin Jones, Halberstam's assistant, was the driver.
Josh Hancock19782007AmericanBaseball playercarFord ExplorerNear St. Louis, MissouriCollision with truck. Hancock was twice over the drink-drive limit.
Mary Hansen19662002AustralianVocalist with StereolabbicycleLondon, United KingdomCrushed to death by lorry.
Ron Hansen19601993Americanjockey[36]
Sajjadul Hasan19782007BangladeshiCricketermotorcycle
Ahmed Hassanein18891946EgyptianPolitical advisor, writer, and sportsmancarEgyptCollision with British military vehicle.
Mike Hawthorn19291959BritishRacing drivercarJaguar Mark 1A3 near Guildford, EnglandCollision with tree.
Michael Hedges19531997AmericanMusiciancarBMWState Route 128, near Boonville, CaliforniaCar veered off road and fell down embankment.
Conrad Hendricks19792006South AfricanFootballercarNear Johannesburg
Chris Henry19832009AmericanAmerican footballerpick-up truckNear Charlotte, North CarolinaFell out of pick-up truck window.
Bob Herbert19421999BritishTalent managercarMG FWindsor Great Park, BerkshireCollision with fence.[37]
Charity Hicks (Louise Darlene Hicks)19692014AmericanFood and Water policypedestrianMidtown Manhattan, New York CityHit and run driver knocked bus stop pole into Charity causing critical injury with brain damage. Charity died after 1 month in a coma.[38]
Ivan Hlinka19502004CzechIce hockey playercarNear Karlovy Vary, Czech RepublicCollision with truck.
Heinz Hofer19431977SwissRacing team manager and mechaniccarFerrari Berlinetta BoxerA27, near Portsmouth, EnglandCollision with another vehicle.[39]
Marty Hogan18691923AmericanBaseball playercarDied of injuries received in accident.
Patrick Hogan18911936IrishPoliticiancarAughrim, County Galway, Ireland
Ben Hollioake19772002EnglishCricketercarPorsche 968 convertibleKwinana Freeway, Perth, AustraliaCollision with wall.
Johnny Horton19251960AmericanMusiciancarCadillacNear Milano, TexasCar fell off bridge into ditch after colliding with a truck.
Tim Horton19301974CanadianIce hockey playercarDe Tomaso PanteraQueen Elizabeth Way at crossing of Twelve Mile Creek, OntarioCar collided with culvert, throwing Horton out.
Dean Horrix19611990EnglishfootballercarBerkshire, EnglandHis wife survived the crash.
Peter Houseman19451977EnglishfootballercarNear Oxford, EnglandHis wife and two friends were also killed.
Beatrice Hsu19782007TaiwaneseactresscarMini CooperNational Highway No. 1 near Taichung, TaiwanCar collided with central reservation and then with a lorry.
John Hugenholtz19141995DutchRace circuit designercarZandvoort, NetherlandsHis wife died instantly; he died later of his injuries.

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NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Ben Ineson19902009Downhill racercar (passenger)Peugeot 306Long Preston, North Yorkshire, EnglandCar that he and Tom Rodgers were traveling in left the road and struck a tree.[40][41]
Vernon Isley19421955Americansinger and original member of The Isley BrothersbicycleCincinnati, OhioHis bicycle was struck by a car near his home.

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NameBirthDeathNationalityNotabilityMode of TransportVehicleLocation of accidentDetails
James Jabara19231966AmericanWar ace pilotcarVolkswagenDelray Beach, Florida
Randall Jarrell19141965AmericanpoetpedestrianChapel Hill, North Carolina
Paul Jarrico19151997AmericanScreenwritercar
Claudia Jennings19491979AmericanModel and Playboy PlaymatecarVolkswagen BeetleMalibu, California[22]
Arvin "Tado" Jimenez19742014FilipinoComedianbus (passenger)Nissan Diesel RB46S (DMMC Aero Adamant)Bontoc, Mountain Province, PhilippinesJimenez died in an accident involving a Florida bus on February 7, 2014. He was among the 14 people killed in the accident, which occurred around 7:20 a.m. (PST) at Banaue-Bontoc road in Sitio Panggang, Barangay Talubin, Bontoc, Mountain Province.
Jack Johnson18781946AmericanBoxercarFranklinton, North Carolina
James Weldon Johnson18711938AmericanLawyer and civil rights advocatecarWiscasset, MaineAccident happened on level crossing.
Kenneth Jones19521969AmericansongwritercarJones was killed in an automobile accident.
Ray Jones[42]19882007Englishfootballercar (passenger)Volkswagen GolfEast Ham, LondonVehicle collided with bus.
Junkyard Dog (Real name: Sylvester Ritter)19521998AmericanProfessional wrestlercarInterstate 20, near Forest, Mississippi

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NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupation
(or claim to notability)
Mode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Ludvik Kalma19411996Czechexecutive and president of Škoda AutocarŠkoda OctaviaHorusice, Czech RepublicOn the I / 3 road near the village of Horusice, Kalma's car crashed into a disabled Scania truck transporting wood and blocking the road. His car then hit another car. Kalma was killed instantly.
Yutaka Kanai19591990Japaneselong-distance runner[43]Hokkaido, JapanHe was killed in a traffic accident.[44]
Kemistry19631999EnglishDJcar (passenger)Hampshire, EnglandOlusanya died when her car was travelling behind a van on the M3 motorway. She was hit by the steel body of a cat's eye, which had been dislodged by the van and flew through the windscreen of the car in which she was a passenger. The cat's eye hit Olusanya in the face and she was killed instantly.
Valeri Kharlamov19481981Russianice hockey playercarSolnechnogorsky District, Russian SFSR, Soviet UnionValeri and his wife Irina died tragically in a car accident on the busy highway between Moscow and St. Petersburg.[45]
Terrence Kiel19802008Americanfootball playercarChevy SedanSan Diego, CaliforniaKiel was driving alone in San Diego's upscale Scripps Ranch neighborhood when he hit a wall and was thrown from his car.[46] Police said Kiel was barely breathing when paramedics got to him and he died about an hour later.
Witold Kiełtyka19842007Polishdeath metal drummerbus (passenger)Novozybkov, RussiaWhile traveling to a show in Gomel, Belarus, Decapitated and the other band that was on the tour bus, Crionics, were involved in a bus accident. The tour bus collided with a truck carrying wood, causing serious head injuries to both Kiełtyka and Adrian Kowanek. The two were taken to a hospital in Novozybkov, Russia. While Kiełtyka's family released a statement on November 1, 2007, saying that his condition had improved, he underwent trepanation and was due to be transported to a hospital in Kraków, Poland, for further treatment. However, Kiełtyka died on November 2, 2007, at the age of 23.[47]
Ken Kifer19452003American[48]writer, bicyclist and webmasterbicycle6 miles (9.7 km) from his home near Scottsboro, AlabamaKifer was struck and killed by a serial drunk driver.[49][50] He died the next morning.
Sam Kinison19531992Americanstand-up comedian and actorcar1989 Pontiac Trans Amwest of Needles, CaliforniaKinison died after his car was struck head-on on U.S. Route 95, four miles (6 km) north of Interstate 40, by a pickup truck driven by 17-year-old Troy Pierson, who had been drinking alcohol.[51][52] The pickup truck crossed the center line of the roadway and went into Kinison's lane. At the time of the collision, Kinison was traveling to Laughlin, Nevada to perform at a sold-out show.[53]
Andy Kirby19612002AmericanNASCAR stockcar drivermotorcycleWhite House, TennesseeHe was killed in a motorcycle accident in his home town.
Hugo Koblet19251964Swisschampion cyclistcarEgg, Canton of Zurich, SwitzerlandKoblet died at 39, four days after a car crash, with speculation that his death may have been suicide.
Mary Jo Kopechne19401969Americanpassenger of U.S. Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedycar (passenger)1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88Chappaquiddick Island, MassachusettsKennedy drove the car off a narrow, unlit bridge, which was without guardrails.[54] The Oldsmobile landed in Poucha Pond and overturned in the water; Kennedy extricated himself from the vehicle and survived, but Kopechne did not.[54]
Lou Kolls18961941Americanbaseball umpire[55]carHooppole, IllinoisHead-on collision.
Nikola Kotkov19381971Bulgarianfootball strikerSofia, BulgariaKotkov died together with his friend and teammate Georgi Asparuhov in a traffic accident in the Vitinya Pass of the Balkan Mountains, en route to Vratsa.[56]
Kostas Kouvidis19762007Greekdrummer[57]carAthens, GreeceHe was tragically lost in a car crash by an insanely speeding 18 year old street bandit.
Ernie Kovacs19191962Americancomedian, actor, and writercarChevrolet Corvair station wagonLos Angeles, CaliforniaKovacs was killed in an automobile accident in Los Angeles in the early morning hours. Kovacs, who had worked for much of the evening, met his wife, Edie Adams, at a baby shower for Milton Berle and his wife, who had recently adopted a newborn baby boy. The couple left the party in separate cars.[58] After a light southern California rainstorm, Kovacs lost control of his car while turning fast, and crashed into a power pole at the corner of Beverly Glen and Santa Monica Boulevards. He was thrown halfway out the passenger side, dying almost instantly from chest and head injuries.[59]
Philip Taylor Kramer19521995Americanbass guitar player for the rock group Iron Butterflyminivan1993 green Ford Aerostarnear Malibu, CaliforniaKramer drove to Los Angeles International Airport to pick up an investor. He spent forty-five minutes at the airport but failed to meet the investor. Kramer did make a flurry of cell phone calls, including one to the police during which he said, "I’m going to kill myself."[60][61] He was never heard from again. This led to a massive search, many news reports, and talk show segments.[62] An article in Skeptic reported numerous conspiracy theories about his death.[63][64] On May 29, 1999, Kramer's minivan and skeletal remains were found[65][66] by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California.[60] Based on forensic evidence and Kramer's emergency call to the police, authorities ruled his death as a probable suicide committed on the day on which he was last heard.[67]
Marek Krejčí19802007SlovakfootballercarAudi S3near Maitenbeth, Bavaria, GermanyHe died in a road accident in the early morning driving on the road B12 toward Mühldorf, while returning to Burghausen from Munich, when he lost control over the car in the left turn. The car subsequently swung off the road and continued to spin for about 50 metres before its roof hit a tree in the adjacent forest. Krejčí was left trapped inside the vehicle and the fire brigade was unable to save him. The probable cause of the accident is suspected to have been excessive speeding.[68]
Richard Kröll19681996Austrianalpine skiercarZillertal road (B 169), AustriaHe hit a German bus on a wet road head and died at the scene.
Juscelino Kubitschek19021976BrazilianFormer presidentcarnear Resende, Rio de JaneiroHe was killed in a car crash.
Evgeny Kucherevsky19412006Ukrainianfootball coachcarMercedes-BenzDnipropetrovsk, UkraineKucherevskyi's car suffered a head-on collision with a KAMAZ truck.
Janusz Kulig19692004Polishrally drivercarFiat StiloRzezawa, PolandKulig died after his car collided with a train on a level crossing. The crossing barriers were not lowered.
Atsushi Kuroi19692010Japaneseprofessional drifting driver[69][70]motorcycleHe died during the evening due to a motorcycle accident.[71] Kuroi was hit by another vehicle while travelling home from work on his motorcycle. Kuroi later died in the hospital after bleeding to death from injuries to his thigh.[72]

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NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupation
(or claim to notability)
Mode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Nicolae Labiş19351956RomanianpoetpedestrianUniversity Square, BucharestHe lost his balance, caught the grille between the tram wagons, his head hit the pavement, and he was dragged a short distance.
Scott LaFaro19361961Americanjazz musiciancarFlint, New YorkLaFaro died in an automobile accident in the summer of 1961 in Flint, New York on U.S. Route 20 between Geneva and Canandaigua.[73]
Martin Lamble19491969Britishdrummer for British electric folk band, Fairport ConventionvanBirmingham, EnglandCrashed on the M1 motorway on the way home from a gig at Mothers, a club in Birmingham.
Mark Langford19642007BritishControversial company director of The Accident GroupcarOpel CorsaMarbella, SpainLangford died when his car left the road.[74]
T. E. Lawrence18881935Britisharmy officermotorcycleBrough Superior SS100Dorset, EnglandLawrence was fatally injured in an accident when a dip in the road obstructed his view of two boys on their bicycles; he swerved to avoid them, lost control, and was thrown over the handlebars.[75] He died six days later.
Iry LeJeune19281955AmericanCajun accordionistpedestrianEunice, LouisianaHit by a car while changing a tire.
Julia Lennon19141958Britishmother of John LennonpedestrianMenlove Avenue, Woolton, Liverpool, EnglandWhile crossing Menlove Avenue to the central reservation between two traffic lanes, she was struck and killed by a Standard Vanguard car.
Charles Lewis, Jr.19632009Americanbusinessman, promoter and entertainercarFerrari 360 Challenge StradaleNewport Beach, CaliforniaLewis died in a high-speed car crash when his car collided with a 1977 Porsche before hitting a light pole. It is presumed that the two vehicles were traveling alongside one another at high speed, and were most likely engaged in a "street race".[76]
Jim Liberman19451977AmericanNHRA drag racing driver[77]car1972 CorvetteWest Goshen Township near West Chester, PennsylvaniaLiberman died in a head-on collision with a bus.
Pelle Lindbergh19591985Swedishice hockey goaltendercarPorsche 930 TurboSomerdale, New JerseyLindbergh lost control of his car and struck a wall in front of an elementary school, critically injuring himself and severely injuring his two passengers.[78] Although declared brain dead a few hours later, he was kept on life support until his father arrived from Sweden late the next day and his parents gave their permission to terminate treatment.
Audrey Lindvall19822006AmericanmodelbicycleLee's Summit, MissouriThe 23-year-old was riding a bike near her childhood home. She hit a curb, was thrown from her bike and fell under the rear wheels of a tanker truck carrying fuel.[79][80] She died instantly when the truck rolled over her.[81]
Jaclyn Linetsky19862003CanadianactresscarChrysler Grand CaravanSaint-Césaire, QuebecLinetsky and her 15/Love costar Vadim Schneider were killed in a traffic collision on their way to the set.[82]
Desmond Llewelyn19141999Britishactor Q in the James Bond movies)carRenault MeganeFirle, East SussexLlewelyn's car collided head-on with a Fiat Bravo on the A27.[83]
Linda Lovelace19492002AmericanactresscarDenver, ColoradoShe was involved in a serious automobile accident, suffering massive trauma and internal injuries. On April 22, 2002, she was taken off life support.[84]
Lisa Lopes19712002Americansinger with the R&B trio TLCSUVMitsubishi Montero SportLa Ceiba, Atlántida, HondurasLopes swerved to the right slightly then again to the left as she tried to avoid a collision with another vehicle that was in her lane. Her vehicle rolled several times after hitting two trees, throwing Lopes and three others out of the windows. She died of neck injuries and severe head trauma.[85]
Juan López Mella19651995Spanishmotorcycle racer[86]Traffic accident when he went to the circuit of Calafat to test with Team Arbizu.
Mitch Lucker19842012AmericanFrontman of metal band Suicide Silence.motorcycle2013 Harley DavidsonHuntington Beach, CaliforniaOn November 1, 2012, it was announced by Orange County Coroners Office that Mitch Lucker had died that day from injuries sustained after a motorcycle accident at Huntington Beach, California. The coroner's office said Lucker was "pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. Thursday at UCI Medical Center in Orange County". One report stated that Lucker crashed his motorcycle shortly after 9:00 p.m. on October 31.[87][88]
Krysti Lynn19711995AmericanactresscarAcura LegendLas Virgenes Road, Calabasas, CaliforniaShe died when her car went off the road at 100 mph (160 km/h) and fell 150 feet (46 m) into a ravine.[89][90]

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NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupation
(or claim to notability)
Mode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Shawn Mackay19822009AustraliaRugby union playerpedestrianDurban, South AfricaDied of complications a week after the accident.
David Macpherson, 2nd Baron Strathcarron19242006BritishPeeragemotorcycleDied from sustained injuries from a collision with dustcart seven weeks later.[91]
Aristide Maillol18611944Frenchartistcar
Sigisfredo Mair19391977Italianlugercar[92]
Stephen Malcolm19702001Jamaicafootballercar
Malle, AnnaAnna Malle19672006Americanadult movie actresscar (passenger)Near Las Vegas, NevadaShe was a passenger in a car in which the driver made a u-turn and turned into the path of pickup truck.
Barry Mannakee19471987Britishbodyguard and alleged lover of Diana, Princess of Walesmotorcycle (passenger)SuzukiWoodford, east London
César Manrique19191992Spanisharchitectcar
Jayne Mansfield19331967Americanactresscar (passenger)1966 Buick ElectraU.S. Highway 90En route to New Orleans, the car crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer that had slowed down because of a truck spraying mosquito fogger. The automobile struck the rear of the semi tractor and underrode it, killing its front seat occupants Mansfield, her boyfriend Sam Brody and her driver instantly.[93]
Lesley Manyathela19812003South Africafootballercar
Joey Marella19641994AmericanWorld Wrestling Federation refereecar
Johnny Mauro[94]19102003United StatesRacing driverInterstate 70, near DenverHead-on collision
Michelle Monkhouse19912011CanadianFashion modelcarMarkham, OntarioContact with black ice causing her to collide with oncoming traffic.[95]
Gonzalo Márquez19461984VenezuelanMajor league baseball playercarValencia, Carabobo, VenezuelaHe was returning home from a baseball game.
Billy Martin19291989AmericanBaseball player and managercarPort Crane, north of Binghamton, New YorkHe was killed in a low speed, single vehicle collision during an ice storm at the end of the driveway to his farm on Christmas Day 1989.
Fernando Martín Espina19621989SpanishBasketball playercarlimited edition Lancia Thema with a Ferrari engineMadrid, SpainFirst Spaniard to play in the NBA, inductee of the FIBA Hall of Fame
Pyotr Masherov19181980BelarusianFirst secretary of Belarusian committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Union and a communist leader of Soviet BelaruscarHis car, escorted by police, collided with a produce truck (potatoes).
Sergei Maslov[96]19391982Russianmathematician
Lebo Mathosa19772006South Africanpopular Kwaito singercarJohannesburg, South AfricaHer driver lost control of her vehicle. Mathosa's car overturned and hit a tree.[97]
Jason Mayélé19762002CongolesefootballercarParma, ItalyHis car collided with another while Mayélé was attempting to catch the Chievo team bus for a match against Parma. He was taken to hospital in nearby Verona by helicopter, but he died of his wounds.
Lucien Mazan18821917ArgentinianRoad bicycle racerTroyes, FranceWhen he was six he moved with his parents to Buenos Aires where he took Argentine nationality. He joined the French army during the First World War and died when he crashed into an oncoming car at the front near Troyes.
Andy McVann19651986BritishdrummercarLiverpool, EnglandHe died in a crash after attempting to outrun a police car near his Liverpool home.[98]
Vittorio Mero19742002ItalianfootballercarRovato, ItalyVittorio died in a car accident on the A4 highway near Rovato.
Gionata Mingozzi19842008ItalianfootballercarPorscheCampagna Lupia, ItalyMingozzi died when his Porsche hit a lorry.[99]
Solomon Mikhoels18901948Russianactor and Jewish activistpedestrianMinsk, Soviet UnionAccording to official records, Mikhoels and a friend, Sergei Golubev, were run over by a lorry. True circumstances became known only in 1951, when Viktor Abakumov, ex-state security minister of the USSR was arrested. It turned out the writer Golubev was KGB agent. He got a task to invite Mikhoels to his friends’ dacha. The dacha belonged to the Byelorussian state security chief, Tsanava. The lorry was already prepared, under whose wheels Mikhoels and Golubev (who was sacrificed for the story's credibility) were thrown.[100]
Darren Millane19651991AustralianAustralian rules football[101]Albert Park, VictoriaMillane was killed in a car crash while intoxicated.[102] On the early morning of the day, he was driving on Queens Road, near Albert Park Lake, before he clipped a semi-trailer and rolled his car, being killed instantly.[103]
Fred Mills19352009Canadiantrumpeter and music professor[104][105]Athens, Georgia
Soledad Miranda19431970SpanishactresscarEstoril, PortugalOn the morning of 18 August 1970 Soledad and her husband went out driving along the Costa do Sol highway between Estoril and Lisbon. They were involved in a collision with a small truck which completely crushed their car. Though her husband, who was driving, only had minor injuries, Soledad received serious fractures to her skull and spine, placing her in a deep coma. She died hours after the accident at the Hospital of São José in Lisbon, never having come out of her coma.
Margaret Mitchell19001949Americanauthor of Gone with the WindcarpedestrianAtlanta, GeorgiaStruck by a speeding automobile as she crossed Peachtree Street at 13th Street in Atlanta with her husband, John Marsh, while on her way to see a movie. She died five days later without fully regaining consciousness.
Tom Mix18801940Americanactorcar1937 Cord 812 PhaetonFlorence, ArizonaHeading toward Phoenix, he came upon construction barriers at a bridge washed away by a flash flood. He was unable to stop in time. The car swerved twice then rolled into a gully, pinning his body underneath.[106] The 60-year-old actor was killed almost instantly.
Carlos Monzón19421995ArgentinaboxercarLos Cerrillos, ArgentinaMonzon was killed when his car ran off a road and overturned during a weekend furlough.[107]
Bob Moose19471976Americanbaseball playercarnear Martins Ferry, OhioKilled in a head-on collision heading to Bill Mazeroski's golf course on his 29th birthday.[108]
Russell Mockridge19281958Australianracing cyclistbicycleMelbourne, AustraliaDied during a race, in collision with a bus.
Saúl Morales19732000Spanishracing cyclistbicycleDuring the Tour of Argentina he was hit by a truck that accidentally came between the riders.
Rob Moroso19681990AmericanNASCAR Winston Cup drivercarnear Terrell, North CarolinaTraffic accident.[109]
Mike Mosley19461984AmericanIndyCar drivervannear Aguanga, CaliforniaDied in an off-road vehicle accident in which he lost control of the van he was driving and it caught fire.[110]
Lucille Mulhall18851940Americancowgirl and Wild West performercarMulhall, OklahomaKilled in an automobile accident less than a mile from the Mulhall Ranch.[111]
Rich Mullins19551997AmericanChristian Music artistJeepJeepnorth of Bloomington, IllinoisMullins and a friend were traveling southbound on I-39 when his Jeep rolled over. They were not wearing seat belts and were both ejected from the vehicle. When a passing semi-trailer truck swerved to miss the overturned Jeep, Mullins, who was too injured to move out of the path of the oncoming truck, was hit and died instantly at the scene.
F. W. Murnau18881931Germanfilm director of NosferatucarRolls Roycealong the Pacific Coast Highway near Rincon Beach, south of Santa Barbara.Murnau hit his head and died in a hospital the day after his car hit an electric pole.
Sir John Murray18411914Scots-Canadianmarine biologistcarKirkliston, EdinburghHis car overturned near his home.
Mike Muuss19582000Americancomputer programmer, creator of PingcarHe died while returning home from a restaurant, when his car was involved in a multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95.[112]
Maharajapuram Santhanam19281992IndianGuru and exponent of Indian Classical MusiccarTindivanam, IndiaMaharajapuram passed away on 24 June 1992, in a car accident near Tindivanam.[113]

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NameNationalityBirthDeathNotabilityMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Napolitano, NorbertoNorberto NapolitanoArgentina19502005blues and metal/rock musician PappomotorcycleHarley-Davidsonroute 5, km 71, Luján, Buenos Aires province[114]
Naruse, HiromuHiromu NaruseJapan19442010chief test driver and chief test engineer of ToyotacarLexus LFA Nürburgring EditionBoos, Mayen-Koblenz[nb 10][115][116][117][118]
Nierlich, RudolfRudolf NierlichAustria19661991Alpine skiercarSankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Vienna
Norwood, RalphRalph NorwoodUnited States19661989American football playercarSuwanee, Georgia[nb 11][119][120]

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NameNationalityBirthDeathNotabilityMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
John O'QuinnAmerican19412009LawyercarChevrolet SuburbanHouston, TexasO'Quinn was driving twice the 40 mph speed limit in the rain at 8 a.m. where his Suburban slammed into a tree.[121][122][123]
Berry OakleyAmerican19481972Bass guitaristmotorcycleMacon, GeorgiaOakley was driving around a sharp right bend of the road when he crossed the line and collided at an angle with a city bus making the bend from the opposite direction. After striking the front and then the back of the bus, Oakley was thrown from his bike, and struck his head. Oakley said he was okay after the accident, declined medical treatment, and caught a ride home. Three hours later, he was rushed to the hospital, delirious and in pain, and died of cerebral swelling caused by a fractured skull.
Masao OhbaJapanese19491973BoxercarChevrolet CorvetteTokyo, JapanOhba died in a car accident on an expressway in Tokyo, when he hit a truck coming down the opposite lane.
Metin OktayTurkish19361991footballercarIstanbul, TurkeyCar accident.
Mel OttAmerican19091958Baseball Hall of FamercarNew Orleans, LouisianaCar accident.
Willem van OtterlooDutch19071978conductor, cellist and composercarSt Kilda East, Victoria, AustraliaHe died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

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NameNationalityBirthDeathOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Carlos PaiãoPortugal19571988Singer-songwritercarvan
Fran PapasederoUnited States19692003Arena football player/coachcarLexus sedanOrlando, FloridaCar lost control and rolled four times; ejected due to not wearing seat belt.[124]
Michelle ParmaUnited States19752002ActresscarJeepHead-on collision.[125]
Simon PattersonEngland19822006footballercarBMW 328i
George S. PattonUnited States18851945Generalcar1939 Cadillac Series 75Near Mannheim, GermanyDied from complications 12 days after accident.
Alan J. PakulaUnited States19281998Film producercar1995 Volvo[126]
Mike ParkesUK19311977Auto racer
Henri PaulFrance19561997ChauffeurcarMercedes-Benz S280Pont de l'Alma tunnel, ParisSee also Death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
David PenhaligonBritish19441986politiciancarRover SD1Truck Fork, Probus, Cornwall
Petropoulos IoannisGreek19441978MTU engineercarOpel Kadett coupeZelina, CroatiaSide-frontal collision with bus, in a turn, on a rainy night. The bus came into oncoming traffic.
Dražen PetrovićCroatia19641993Basketball playercarVolkswagen GolfBundesautobahn 9 near Denkendorf, Bavaria, Germany[nb 12]
Bobby PhillsUnited States19692000Basketball playercar1997 Porsche 993 CabrioletCharlotte, North Carolina[127]
Mark PhiloEnglish19842006footballercarVauxhall Astra
Andrea PininfarinaItalian19572008engineer and manager, CEO of PininfarinascooterVespa GT60
Ja'far PishevariPersian18931947founder and chairman of short-lived Azerbaijan People's GovernmentcarBaku, AzerbaijanDied in a car crash.
Vasek PolakAmerican19141997racing team ownercar1997 Porsche 993 Turbo SDied later from injuries sustained in an accident in a German autobahn[128][129]
Jackson PollockAmerican19121956artistcar1950 Oldsmobile 88 convertible[130]
Jim PomeroyAmerican19522006MotocrossercarJeepYakima, WashingtonSingle vehicle, rollover accident[131]
Cozy PowellBritish19471998drummer with WhitesnakecarSaab 9000Powell's blood-alcohol reading shown that he was over the legal limit at the time of crash, also he was not wearing a seatbelt, and was talking to his girlfriend on his mobile phone whilst driving.[132]
Richie Powell19311956jazz musiciancar
Steve PrefontaineAmerican19511975athletecarMG MGBEugene, OregonCar swerved, hit a rock wall, and flipped, trapping him underneath. A witness saw him alive beneath the car, but could not move the vehicle. By the time the witness returned with help, Prefontaine had died.
Rajesh PilotIndian2000Indian Minister and politician from Congress partyjeepJaipur, IndiaRajesh Pilot died on June 11, 2000 in a car accident.[133][134]
Audie PitreAmerican19701996bassist of music group Acid BathcarAudie Pitre and his parents were killed when they were hit head-on by a drunk driver on the Bourg-Larose Highway in Louisiana.[135]
Buford PusserAmerican19371974Sheriff of McNairy County, TennesseecarChevrolet Corvettenear Adamsville, Tennessee[136]Pusser died from injuries sustained in a one-car automobile accident, returning home alone from the McNairy County Fair, struck an embankment at high speed, ejecting him from the vehicle. The car caught fire and burned.
Toše ProeskiMacedonian19812007pop starcarVolkswagen Touareg

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NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Eric Qin19671993United Statesexperimental music composerbicycleUpper West Side, Manhattan
Valérie Quennessen19571989FrenchactresscarA13 autoroute
Jocelyn Quivrin19792009FrenchactorcarAriel AtomSaint-Cloud, Hauts-de-Seine

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NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Dottie Rambo19342008AmericanGospel Singer and Songwritertour busMount Vernon, Missouri
Manjural Islam Rana19842007Bangladeshicricketermotorcycle
Joe Ranft19602005AmericananimatorcarCalifornia State Route 1, Mendocino County, California
Razzle19601984BritishHanoi Rocks drummercarDe Tomaso PanteraCar was driven by its owner, Vince Neil who crashed whilst driving intoxicated as well was speeding
Clay Regazzoni19392006SwissRetired racing drivercarChrysler VoyagerA1 Autostrada, near Parma
Don Rich19411974AmericanCountry music singer; member of Buck Owens' BuckaroosmotorcycleNear Bakersfield, CaliforniaStruck a guardrail after losing control of his motorcycle on Highway 99 north of Bakersfield, while traveling to Morro Bay for a family vacation.
Kenny Robinson19691999AmericanMajor league baseball pitchercarTucson, Arizona
Roger Rodas19752013El SalvadorRacerCarPorsche Carrera GTValencia, Santa Clarita, California
Tom Rodgers[40][41]19872009BritishDownhill racercarPeugeot 306MearbeckCar that he and Ben Ineson was travelled in left the road and struck into a tree.
Rodrigo Bueno19732000ArgentinianCuarteto Singer and SongwritercarFord ExplorerBerazategui Partido, Buenos Aires
Joe Rollino[137]19052010AmericanStrongmanpedestrianDyker Heights, Brooklyn, New YorkCrossing street 40 ft (12 m) from nearest crosswalk.
Jean Rondeau19461985Frenchracing driver and race car buildercarChampagné, FranceAttempted to drive through a closed level crossing to follow a police car and was struck by a train.
Darrell Russell19762005Americanfootball playercar2004 Pontiac Grand PrixLos Angeles, CaliforniaCar was driven by former teammate Michael Bastianelli, who was also killed[138]
Porfirio Rubirosa19091965Dominican RepublicDominican diplomatcarFerrariParis, FranceCrashed into a tree whilst driving intoxicated.
Frank Ryan19602010AmericanPlastic surgeoncar1995 Jeep WranglerCalifornia State Route 1, Malibu, CaliforniaCar drove off the cliff, his passenger Jill the dog was thrown out of the vehicle but survived with some minor injuries. Accident is likely to have been caused by "tweeting" whilst driving.[139]

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NameNationalityBirthDeathOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Silvester Sabolčki[140]Croatian19792003footballercarAudi A3Varaždin, CroatiaThe vehicle, driven by Sabolčki, was torn apart upon hitting two light poles and traffic signs at high speed. Sabolčki and two other passengers in the vehicle were ejected from it and killed instantly.
Stephane Sallaz[141][142]French19751999racing drivercar
Salvador SánchezMexican19591982boxer
Richard SandersAmerican19451972amateur wrestler
Jessica SavitchAmerican19471983journalist
Josef Schnitzer.[143]German19391978racing driver and founder of Schnitzer Motorsportcar
Henry SchultzAmerican18931938economist
Gaetano ScireaItalian19531989footballer
Malik SealyAmerican19702000basketball player
W. G. SebaldGerman19442001writer and academic
Mihail SebastianRomanian19071945writer
Donald SellersAmerican19742001football player
Mike SharpersonAmerican19611996Baseball player
Alexis Gewertz ShepardAmerican19691998folk singer-songwriterbicycle
Larisa ShepitkoSoviet Russia19381979film directorcarnear Tver, Russia
Alexander Fu ShengHong Kong19541983martial arts actorcar (passenger)Porsche 911 TargaCollision with concrete wall
Gene ShoemakerAmerican19281997(astro)geologist and astronomercarAustraliaHead-on collision on the Tanami Road near Alice Springs.
Karen SilkwoodAmerican19461974labor activistcar1974 Honda CivicSilkwood's body was found in her car, which had run off the road and struck a culvert. Some journalists have theorized that Silkwood's car was rammed from behind by another vehicle, with the intent to cause an accident that would result in her death.[144]
Wayne SimmonsAmerican19692002American football playercarMercedesIndependence, MissouriSimmons was killed in a single-car crash on Interstate 70. Witnesses report he was driving his Mercedes at high speed and weaving through traffic before losing control of the vehicle. The car rolled several times before landing in a ditch and catching fire.
Peter SlaghuisDutch19611991DJ, producer and remixercarSlaghuis' died in a car accident.
Bessie SmithAmerican18941937blues singercar (passenger)between Memphis, Tennessee, and Clarksdale, MississippiSmith was critically injured in a car accident while traveling along U.S. Route 61.
Darren SmithAustralian19651992cyclistbicycleGold Coast roadJust months after competing at the Barcelona Olympics Gold Coaster Smith was killed in a road accident while training. The coastal training route along the Gold Coast Oceanway and various cycling events have been named in his honour.
Horace Smith-DorrienBritish18581930soldier
Ronnie SmithBritish2003motorcycle racer and journalistScooter
Dan SnyderCanadian19782003ice hockey player
Bahattin SofuoğluCroatian19782002motorcycle racercar
Dick StelloAmerican19341987National League umpirepedestrianLakeland, FloridaCrushed between two parked cars along a highway after one was struck by a third.
Nigel StepneyBritish19582014Race car mechanic, noted for the 2007 spying scandalM20 motorway, Ashford, KentVolkswagen Caddyvan"collision with an articulated goods vehicle" whilst parked on hard shoulder.[145]
François StercheleBelgian19822008soccer player
Lynn StraitAmerican19681998vocalist with SnotHighway 101, Santa Barbara, California1992 Ford Tempocollision with a full-size pickup truck[146]
Italo SvevoItalian18611928writer

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NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupation
(or claim to notability)
Mode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Koki Takahashi19872011JapaneseGrand Prix motorcycle racer[147]Japan[148]
Tomoyuki Taniguchi19611990Japaneseathlete
Otilino Tenorio19802005EcuadorianfootballercarQuevedo, EcuadorThe car in which he was travelling collided with a gas truck on the Santo Domingo-Quevedo road.
Derrick Thomas19672000Americanfootball linebacker and defensive endSUV1999 Chevrolet SuburbanMiami, FloridaThomas' SUV went off Interstate 435 as he and two passengers were driving to Kansas City International Airport during a snowstorm. Police reports indicate that Thomas, who was driving, was speeding at approximately 100 m.p.h. even though snow and ice were accumulating on the roadway. Thomas continued weaving erratically through traffic until the time of the accident.[149] Thomas and one of the passengers were not wearing seat belts and both were thrown from the car; the passenger was killed instantly. Thomas was left paralyzed from the chest down. By early February, Thomas was being treated at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital. Thomas' eyes rolled back. and he went into cardio-respiratory arrest and died as a result of a pulmonary embolism; a massive blood clot that developed in his paralyzed lower extremities and traveled through his venous system to his lungs.[150]
Thuy Trang19732001American/Vietnameseactresscarnear San Francisco, CaliforniaTrang died after a car accident.
Stacey Toran19611989AmericanAmerican football defensive backlocationHe was killed in an automobile accident.[151]
Judy Tyler19321957AmericanactresscarRock River, WyomingWhile driving through Wyoming they were involved in an automobile accident on U.S. Route 30 just 3 miles north of Rock_River, Wyoming. Judy was killed instantly.[152]
Nicola Trussardi19421999Italianfashion designer and entrepreneurcarMercedes-Benznear Milan, ItalyTrussardi was killed when he lost control of his Mercedes, on Tangenziale Est of Milan and hit a lamp post in the early hours; he died the following day in Milan.
Viktor Tsoy19621990Sovietmusician, songwriter, and leader of the band KinocarAlekoTukums, LatviaEarly in the morning Tsoi was driving on the road Sloka - Talsi from a fishing trip when his car collided with a bus outside Tukums at high speed. Tsoi died instantly. His car was completely demolished to the point that one of its tires was never found. The investigation concluded that Tsoi had fallen asleep while driving, possibly due to fatigue.[153] [154]

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NameNationalityBirthDeathOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
José UribeDominican19592006Former Major League baseball playercarJuan Baron, Palenque, Dominican Republic
Joe Unser[155][156]American18961929Indycar driver, 1st Gen. member of the Unser racing familycarFWD Coleman SpecialUS-85 highway, Littleton, ColoradoKilled whilst testing for the Indianapolis 500
Javier UrruticoecheaSpanish19522001Football goalkeepercarMercedes-BenzB-20 or Ronda de Dalt, Barcelona, Spainimpacted central barrier between exits 14 and 15

V[edit]

NameNationalityBirthDeathNotabilityMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Vivian VachonCanadian19511991professional wrestlercarnear Montreal, Quebec[nb 13]
Dickie ValentineBritish19291971singercarHillman AvengerGlangrwyney, near Crickhowell, Wales[157]
Valley, EchoEcho ValleyAmerican19572011adult actresscarU.S. Route 83, Leakey, Texas[nb 14][158]
Ivo Van DammeBelgian19541976middle distance runner (athletics)carMarseille, France
Michael VentrisBritish19221956the decipherer of Linear Bcar
Ondřej VoříšekCzech19862004footballercarUherský Ostroh, Czech Republic[159]

W[edit]

NameNationalityBirthDeathNotabilityMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Billy WalkerAmerican19292006country singertour vanInterstate 65, Fort Deposit, AlabamaThree passengers in Walker's vehicle — his wife, Bettie, and two members of his band — were also killed. A fourth passenger survived with serious injuries.
Paul WalkerAmerican19732013ActorPorsche Carerra GTRye Canyon Loop, Santa Clarita, CaliforniaThe driver, Roger Rodas, was also killed in the single car accident.
Wang DongleiChina19852008footballercarNanjing, Jiangsu
Chris von WangenheimGermany19421981fashion photographercar
Mary WardIreland18271869Scientistpossibly the world's earliest road accident fatality
John L. WassermanAmerican19381979columnist
Dottie WestAmerican19321991Country singercarBriley Parkway, Nashville, TennesseeA neighbor who drove her to the Grand Ole Opry after her car stalled lost control at an exit. West believed she was not seriously hurt, but was actually gravely injured; she died from her injuries five days later.
Nathanael WestAmerican19031940writer
Bluey WilkinsonAustralia19111940motorcycle speedway ridermotorcycle
Whayne WilsonCosta Rica19752005footballer
Carol WillisAmerican19491971Playboy Playmatecar[22]
Bob WollekFrench19432001race car driverbicycleU.S. Route 98, FloridaCollision with a van driven by an elderly driver[160][161]
Freda Wright-SorceAmerican[162]19552005radio personalityOcean City, MarylandShe died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Maryland Route 90.[163]
Rolf WütherichGerman19271981James Dean's passenger during his fatal crashcarHonda CivicKupferzellWas DUI when he fatally crashed.
N.C. WyethAmerican18821945artist and illustratorChadds Ford, PennsylvaniaWyeth and his grandson died in an accident at a railway crossing near his Chadds Ford home.

X, Y, Z[edit]

NameBirthDeathNationalityNotabilityMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Yanagihara, HiromiHiromi Yanagihara19791999JapaneseCountry Musume singercarYanagihara was killed in a car accident one week before the group Hello! Project's first release, Futari no Hokkaidou.
Yeremin, MikhailMikhail Yeremin19681991Sovietfootballer
Yokoi, GunpeiGunpei Yokoi19411997Nintendo executive
Young, B.J.B.J. Young19772005Americanice hockey playercarVancouver, BC, CANYoung was killed in a single-car accident.[164][165]
Young, BuddyBuddy Young19261983AmericanAmerican football playercarTerrell, TexasYoung lost control of his car, which came to rest in a creekbed about 300 feet off Interstate Highway 20.[166]
Zerouali, HichamHicham Zerouali19772004MoroccanfootballercarRabatZerouali was killed in a car accident.[167]
Zhirov, AleksandrAleksandr Zhirov19581983Russianalpine skiercarnear Yakhroma, Moscow Oblast, Russia[168]
Zolotarev, Yegor IvanovichYegor Ivanovich Zolotarev18471878RussianmathematicianTsarskoye Selo, RussiaZolotarev's career ended abruptly with his early death. He was on his way to his dacha when he was run over by a train in the Tsarskoye Selo station. On July 19, 1878 he died from blood poisoning.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Collision with a lorry, who made an illegal u-turn in front of him, when he was riding his motorcycle.
  2. ^ A drunk driver ran a red light in his Toyota Sienna minivan and hit the car in which Adenhart was a passenger, driving it into a light pole. Of the three other people in the car, the driver and one passenger died, and the other passenger survived an internal decapitation. The drunk driver escaped on foot, but was quickly apprehended; he has since been convicted of three counts of second-degree murder.
  3. ^ Two other passengers in the vehicle he was riding — professional wrestlers Pat Kelly (Victor Arko) and Dave McKigney — died in the same accident, caused when the driver, Mike Kelly (William Arko), struck a moose on a highway near Lewisporte, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It then spun into a tree at over 80 km/h.
  4. ^ After being an unused substitute in a game for Rushden & Diamonds, he was travelling home towards Northampton on the westbound A45 after the game when his Peugeot was involved in a collision with a BMW travelling in the opposite direction.
  5. ^ Died from a heart attack that was found to have resulted from a condition known as pericardial effusion. The accident caused a blood vessel in his chest to leak blood into the sac surrounding his heart. His death occurred several hours after the accident, from which he suffered no immediately apparent injuries.
  6. ^ Allman lost control of his motorcycle when he tried to avoid an oncoming truck that unexpectedly stopped in the middle of an intersection while turning left in front of him. He was thrown from the motorcycle, which landed on him and skidded with him under it, resulting in fatal internal injuries.
  7. ^ Amalrik swerved out of his lane on a wet road and hit an oncoming truck. A piece of metal, most likely from the steering column, embedded in his throat, instantly killing him. His wife and the two other passengers in his car suffered only minor injuries.
  8. ^ Andolsek was working in the front yard of his home when a semi-trailer truck ran off the highway and hit him.
  9. ^ Died in crash en route to funeral for Patsy Cline.
  10. ^ Veered onto the path of a prototype BMW 3 Series, also on a testing exercise, frontally. All three occupants involved wore helmets.
  11. ^ Veered off down an embankment into a tree eight miles from his team's training complex.
  12. ^ On a cloudy and rainy afternoon, the driver of a northbound semi-trailer truck swerved to avoid a collision with a car in his lane. The truck broke through the median, blocking all three southbound lanes. Seconds later, the car in which Petrović was a passenger hit the truck. The sleeping Petrović, who was not wearing a seat belt, died on impact. His girlfriend, who was driving, and another passenger in the car suffered grave injuries, but survived.
  13. ^ Her daughter, a passenger in Vachon's vehicle, also died in the crash
  14. ^ Rear-end collision into a pickup truck, did not wear seat belt at time of accident due to her large breasts making it too small to fit her.

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