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.

n.b: Passengers of a vehicle are indicated in italics on the "mode of transport field".

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NameBirthDeathNationalityNotabilityMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetailsSource
Abe, NorifumiNorifumi Abe19752007JapaneseMotorcycle racerScooterYamaha XP 500 TMAXKawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan[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 Andolsek19661992American football playerStationaryThibodaux, Louisiana[nb 8]
Anglin, JackJack Anglin19161963Country music singerCarMadison, Tennessee[nb 9]
Armenulić, SilvanaSilvana Armenulić19391976BosniansingerCarFord GranadaKolari, Serbia
Arruza, CarlosCarlos Arruza19201966MexicanbullfighterCar
Ashby, DonDon Ashby19551981Canadianice hockey playerCar
Asparuhov, GeorgiGeorgi Asparuhov19431971BulgarianfootballerCar
al-Assad, BasilBasil al-Assad19591994son and heir of president of SyriaCar
Astrid of Sweden19051935Queen of the BelgiansAutomobile
Armstrong, RegReg Armstrong19261979Irishmotorcycle racermotorcycle
Audret, PascalePascale Audret19362000FrenchactressAutomobile
Aus, LauriLauri Aus19702003EstoniancyclistBicycle


NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupationMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Christian Bakkerud19842011DanishRetired racing driverCarAudi RS6Putney Heath near Wimbledon CommonInvestigations ongoing[4][5]
Bajraktarević, MirsadaMirsada Bajraktarević19511976BosniansingerCarFord GranadaKolari, Serbia
Harry Bamford[6]19201958EnglandFootballerMotorcycleBristolCollided with a car
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 Barthes19151980FrenchPhilosopherPedestrian
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[7]19562005AmericanCorporate, tax and health care attorney and lobbyist.Automobile2006 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 safetyBusWhilst exiting a bus
Marc Bolan19471977BritishT.Rex musicianAutomobileMiniQueens Ride, Barnes Common, LondonDriver was girlfriend Gloria Jones
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 Bravo19321970MexicanMatadorAutomobile
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 Brockwell18931929AmericanActressAutomobile
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 Brown19301956Jazz musicianAutomobile
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 Burlsworth19761999American football playerCar
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.



NameBirthDeathOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Vitaly Daraselia19571982Soviet footballer
Betty Jack Davis19321953Country 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 Davis19832003Manchester United footballerCarBMW 3 seriesM40 motorway in OxfordshireCrashed into back of lorry. Was twice over the drink-drive limit.
James Dean19311955American actorCarPorsche 550 Spydernear Cholame, California
Mike Darr19762002American baseball playerCarPeoria, Arizona
Roger Delgado19181973British actorCarRepublic 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 Deyna19471989Polish footballerCarBMWSan Diego, California
Diana, Princess of Wales19611997member 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 Dibarbora19161987Slovak actorCar
Mike Dickin19432006British Radio DJCarCornwall
Lou DiMuro19321982American Baseball umpire[13]PedestrianArlington, Texas
Bridget Driscoll18521896BritishPedestrianCrystal Palace, LondonOne of the earliest recorded road accident victims.
Alfred Dobbs18821945British politicianCarDoncaster
Ian Stuart Donaldson19571993Neo-Nazi musicianCarVolkswagen PoloNear Burnaston, Derbyshire
Françoise Dorléac19421957French film actressCarRenault 10A8 autoroute near Villeneuve-LoubetCollided with signpost.
Piero Drogo19261973Racing driver and coachbuilderCarFerrari 250 CaliforniaBolognaCrashed into a broken down truck in a tunnel, both were unlit.[14]
Alexander Dubček19211992Slovak politicianCarBMW 535iD1 highway near Humpolec, Czech RepublicCar veered off road.
Gus Dudgeon19422002British record producerCarJaguar XK8M4 motorway between Reading and MaidenheadCar veered off road.
Fred Duesenberg18761932American automobile pioneer, designer and manufacturerCarDuesenbergLincoln Highway near Jennerstown, PennsylvaniaCar overturned. Duesenberg died in hospital after being comatose for three weeks.
Isadora Duncan18781929American dancerCarAmilcarNice, FranceStrangled by own headscarf after collision.
Ryan Dunn19772011American reality television personality and daredevilCarPorsche 911 GT3Chester County, PennsylvaniaCollided with tree. Was twice over the drink-drive limit.
Al Dvorin19232004Elvis Presley concert announcerCarNear Ivanpah, California


NameBirthDeathOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Edem Ephraim[15]19591995singer and one half of London BoysCarAustrian AlpineWhilst another car attempted to overtake himself, the other half of the duo, Dennis Fuller and Edem's wife, plus a friend on a dangerous section, a drunk driver collided with them head on, killing all occupants.


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.
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
Farina, GiuseppeGiuseppe FarinaItaly19061966Inaugural Formula One world championCarLotus CortinaChambéry, France[16]
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.
Fariña, RichardRichard FariñaAmerican19371966musician and writer,
Farrell, RichardRichard FarrellNew Zealand19261958classical pianist,
Fernández, AlbertoAlberto FernándezSpanish19551984road racing cyclist,
Farrington, JohnJohn FarringtonAmerican19361964American football playerRensselaer, Indiana[17][18]
Fernandez, RommelRommel FernandezPanamanianfootballer,
Flahavan, AaronAaron FlahavanEnglish19752001footballer,
Fox, CharleyCharley FoxCanadian19202008RCAF fighter pilotTillsonburg, Ontario[19]
Fox, StanStan FoxAmerican19522000racing driver
Fuller, DennisDennis Fuller19591995singer and one half of London Boys,


NameBirthDeathNationalityNotabilityMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Gabelich, GaryGary Gabelich19401984Americanland speed record holderMotorcycleLong Beach, CaliforniaCollision with truck[20]
Gaetano, RinoRino Gaetano19501981Italianosinger-songwriter
Galimore, WillieWillie Galimore19351964Americanfootball player
Galindez, VictorVictor Galindez19481980Argentinianboxer
Galli, NiccolòNiccolò Galli19832001Italianfootballer
Gallo, JulioJulio Gallo19101993winemaker
Gassoff, BobBob Gassoff19531977Canadianice hockey player
Gastaldello, LinoLino Gastaldello2010ItalyBusinessman, owner of Wilier TriestinaBicycleSan Zenone degli Ezzelinihead-on collision with car[21]
Gaudí, AntoniAntoni Gaudí18521926SpanishArchitectPedestrianBarcelonaStruck by a tram and died from his injuries three days later.
George, BillBill George19291982American football Hall of Famer
Gessinger, Marie-ChristineMarie-Christine Gessinger19922010AustrianFashion modelCarVolkswagen GolfAustriaStruck into a tree at 150 km/h over the permitted 100 km/h[22]
Ghazi of Iraq19121939King of Iraq 1933–1939
Gomez Gonzalez, JuanJuan Gómez González19541992Spanishfootballer
Princess Grace of Monaco19291982Americanactress/Monegasque RoyaltyCarRover P6
Griggs, DavidDavid Griggs19671995American football player
Grunitzky, NicolasNicolas Grunitzky19131969exiled President of Togo
Guyton, ArthurArthur Guyton19192003Physiologist



NameBirthDeathOccupationMode of TransportComment
Ben Ineson[26][27]19902009Downhill racerCar (passenger)Car that he and Tom Rodgers were traveling in left the road and struck a tree at Mearbeck.
Vernon Isley19421955singer and original member of The Isley BrothersBicycleHis bicycle was struck by a car near his home in Cincinnati.


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[12]
Jack Johnson18781946AmericanBoxerCarFranklinton, North Carolina
James Weldon Johnson18711938AmericanLawyer and civil rights advocateCarWiscasset, MaineAccident happened on level crossing.
Ray Jones[28]19882007EnglishFootballerCar (passenger)Volkswagen GolfEast Ham, LondonVehicle collided with bus.
Junkyard Dog (Real name: Sylvester Ritter)19521998AmericanProfessional wrestlerCarInterstate 20, near Forest, Mississippi




(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 Strathcarron2006BritishPeerageMotorcycleDied from sustained injuries from a collision with dustcart seven weeks later[35]
Aristide Maillol18611944Frenchartistcar
Sigisfredo Mair19391977Italianlugercar
Stephen Malcolm19702001Jamaicafootballercar
Malle, AnnaAnna Malle19672006Americanadult movie actressCarNear 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 Mannakee1987Britishbodyguard and alleged lover of Diana, Princess of WalesMotorcycle
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; Her three children including Mariska, who sat at the rear of the car survived with minor injuries.[36]
Lesley Manyathela19812003South Africafootballercar
Joey Marella19641994AmericanWorld Wrestling Federation refereecar
Johnny Mauro[37]19102003United StatesRacing driverInterstate 70, near DenverHead-on collision
Michelle Monkhouse19912011CanadaFashion modelCarMarkham, OntarioContact with black ice causing her to collide with oncoming traffic[38]


NameNationalityBirthDeathNotabilityMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetailsSource
Napolitano, NorbertoNorberto NapolitanoArgentina19502005blues and metal/rock musicianMotorcycleHarley-Davidsonroute 5, km 71, Luján, Buenos Aires province[citation needed]
Naruse, HiromuHiromu NaruseJapan19442010chief test driver and chief test engineer of ToyotaCarLexus LFA Nürburgring EditionBoos, Mayen-Koblenz[nb 10][40][41][42][43]
Nierlich, RudolfRudolf NierlichAustria19661991Alpine skierCarSankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Vienna
Norwood, RalphRalph NorwoodUnited States19661989American football playerCarSuwanee, Georgia[nb 11][44][45]


NameNationalityBirthDeathNotabilityMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetailsSource
John O'QuinnAmerican19412009LawyerAutomobileChevrolet SuburbanHouston, Texas, United StatesO'Quinn was driving twice the 40 mph speed limit in the rain at 8 a.m. where his Suburban slammed into a tree, killing another occupant, whom neither wore seat belt.[46][47][48]
Berry OakleyAmerican19481972bass guitaristMotorcycleMacon, Georgia
Metin OktayTurkish19361991footballerAutomobileIstanbul, Turkey
Mel OttAmerican19091958Baseball Hall of FamerAutomobileNew Orleans
Willem van OtterlooDutch19071978ConductorAutomobileSt Kilda East, Victoria, Australia


Name Petropoulos IoannisNationality GreekBirth 1944Death 1978Occupation MTU engineerMode of Transport carVehicle OPEL Kadett coupeAccident location Zelina CroatiaDetails Side-frontal collision with bus, in turn, in a night with rain. Bus came into oncoming traffic side.
Carlos PaiãoPortugal19571988Singer-songwriterAutomobileVan
Fran PapasederoUnited States19692003Arena football player/coachAutomobileLexus sedanOrlando, FloridaCar lost control and rolled four times; ejected due to not wearing seat belt.[49]
Michelle ParmaUnited States19752002ActressAutomobileJeep[50]
Simon PattersonEngland19822006FootballerAutomobileBMW 328i
George S. PattonUnited States18851945GeneralAutomobile1939 Cadillac Series 75Near Mannheim, GermanyDied from complications 12 days after accident.
Alan J. PakulaUnited States19281998Film producerAutomobile1995 Volvo[51]
Mike ParkesUK19311977Auto racer
Henri PaulFrance19561997ChauffeurAutomobileMercedes-Benz S280Pont de l'Alma tunnel, ParisSee also Death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
David PenhaligonBritish19441986PoliticianAutomobileRover SD1Truck Fork, Probus, Cornwall
Dražen PetrovićCroatia19641993Basketball playerAutomobileVolkswagen GolfBundesautobahn 9 near Denkendorf, Bavaria, Germany[nb 12]
Bobby PhillsUnited States19692000Basketball playerAutomobile1997 Porsche 993 CabrioletCharlotte, North Carolina[52]
Mark PhiloEnglish19842006footballercarVauxhall Astra
Andrea PininfarinaItalian19572008engineer and manager, CEO of PininfarinascooterVespa GT60
Ja'far Pishevari1947founder and chairman of short-lived Azerbaijan People's Governmentcar
Vasek PolakAmerican19141997racing team ownercar1997 Porsche 993 Turbo SDied later from injuries sustained in an accident in a German autobahn[53][54]
Jackson PollockAmerican19121956artistcar1950 Oldsmobile 88 convertible[55]
Jim PomeroyAmerican19522006MotocrossercarJeepYakima, WashingtonSingle vehicle, rollover accident[56]
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.[57]
Richie Powell19311956jazz musicianAutomobile
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 partycar
Audie Pitre19701996Bassist of music group Acid Bathcar
Buford Pusser19371974Sheriff of McNairy County, TennesseecarChevrolet Corvette
Toše ProeskiMacedonian19812007pop starAutomobileVolkswagen Touareg


NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Eric Qin19671993United Statesexperimental music composerBicycleUpper West Side, Manhattan
Valérie Quennessen19571989FrenchActressCar


NameBirthDeathNationalityOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Dottie Rambo19342008United StatesGospel Singer and SongwriterTour BusMount Vernon, Missouri
Manjural Islam Rana19842007BangladeshicricketerMotorcycle
Joe Ranft19602005United StatesanimatorCarCalifornia State Route 1, Mendocino County, California
Razzle19601984United KingdomHanoi Rocks drummerAutomobileDe 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 Rich19411974United StatesCountry 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 Robinson19691999United StatesMajor league baseball pitcherCarTucson, Arizona
Tom Rodgers[26][27]19872009BritishDownhill racerCarPeugeot 306MearbeckCar that he and Ben Ineson was travelled in left the road and struck into a tree
Rodrigo Bueno19732000ArgentinaCuarteto Singer and SongwriterCarFord ExplorerBerazategui Partido, Buenos Aires
Joe Rollino[58]19052010United StatesStrongmanPedestriann/aDyker Heights, Brooklyn, New YorkCrossing street 40 ft (12 m) from nearest crosswalk.
Jean Rondeau19461985Franceracing driver and race car builderCarChampagnéAttempted to drive through a closed level crossing to follow a police car and was struck by a train
Darrell Russell19762005United StatesAmerican footballerCarPontiac Grand Prix (2004)Los Angeles, CaliforniaCar was driven by former teammate Michael Bastianelli, who was also killed[59]
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[60]


NameNationalityBirthDeathOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
Silvester Sabolčki[61]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[62][63]French19751999racing driverCar
Salvador SánchezMexican19591982boxer
Richard SandersAmerican19451972amateur wrestler
Jessica SavitchAmerican19471983journalist
Josef Schnitzer.[64]German19391978racing driver and founder of Schnitzer MotorsportCar
Henry SchultzAmerican18931938economist
Gaetano ScireaItalian19531989footballer
Malik SealyAmerican19702000basketball player
W. G. SebaldGerman19442001writer and academic
Mihail SebastianJewish Romanian19071945writer
Donald SellersAmerican19742001football player
Mike Sharperson19611996Baseball player
Alexis Gewertz Shepard19691998folk singer-songwriter
Larisa ShepitkoSoviet Russia19381979film director
Alexander Fu ShengHong Kong19541983martial arts actor
Gene ShoemakerAmerican19281997(astro)geologist and astronomerCarAustraliaHead-on collision on the Tanami Road near Alice Springs.
Karen SilkwoodAmerican19461974labor activist
Wayne SimmonsAmerican19692002American football player
Peter SlaghuisNederland19611991DJ, producer and remixerCar
Bessie SmithAmerican18941937blues singer
Darren SmithAustralian19651992cyclistCyclingbikeGold 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 racer
François StercheleBelgian19822008soccer player
Lynn StraitAmerican19681998vocalist with Snot
Italo SvevoItalian18611928writer



NameNationalityBirthDeathOccupationMode of TransportVehicleAccident locationDetails
José UribeDominican19592006Former Major League baseball playerCarJuan Baron, Palenque, Dominican Republic
Joe Unser[66][67]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


NameNationalityBirthDeathNotabilityMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetailsSource
Vivian VachonCanadian19511991professional wrestlerCarnear Montreal, Quebec[nb 13]
Dickie ValentineBritish19291971SingerCarHillman AvengerGlangrwyney, near Crickhowell, Wales[68]
Valley, EchoEcho ValleyAmerican19572011Adult actressCarU.S. Route 83, Leakey, Texas[nb 14][69]
Ivo Van DammeBelgian19541976middle distance runner (athletics)CarMarseille, France
Michael VentrisBritish19221956the decipherer of Linear BCar
Ondřej VoříšekCzech19862004footballerCarUherský Ostroh, Czech Republic[70]


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.
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[12]
Bob WollekFrench19432001race car driverbicycleU.S. Route 98, FloridaCollision with a van driven by an elderly driver[71][72]
Freda Wright-Sorce19552005radio personality
Rolf WütherichGerman19271981James Dean's passenger during his fatal crashcarHonda CivicKupferzellWas DUI when he fatally crashed.
N.C. WyethAmerican18821945artist and illustrator

X, Y, Z

NameBirthDeathNationalityNotabilityMode of transportVehicleAccident locationDetailsSource
Yanagihara, HiromiHiromi Yanagihara19811999Country Musume singer
Yeremin, MikhailMikhail Yeremin19681991Sovietfootballer
Yokoi, GunpeiGunpei Yokoi19411997Nintendo executive
Young, B.J.B.J. Young19772005ice hockey player
Young, BuddyBuddy Young19261983American football player
Zerouali, HichamHicham Zerouali19772004Moroccanfootballer
Zhirov, AleksandrAleksandr Zhirov19581983Russianalpine skier
Zolotarev, Yegor IvanovichYegor Ivanovich Zolotarev18471878Russianmathematician

See also


  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 seatbelt at time of accident due that her large breast made it too small to fit her


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