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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Name Birth Death Nationality Notability Mode of transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Abe, NorifumiNorifumi Abe 1975 2007 Japanese motorcycle racer scooter Yamaha XP 500 TMAX Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan Collision 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 Adams 1930 1989 British mathematician car
Adelabu, AdegokeAdegoke Adelabu 1915 1958 Nigerian politician car
Adenhart, NickNick Adenhart 1986 2009 American baseball pitcher car Mitsubishi Eclipse Fullerton, California [nb 2]
Adonis, AdrianAdrian Adonis 1954 1988 American professional wrestler car Lewisporte, Newfoundland, Canada [nb 3]
Aldridge, MartinMartin Aldridge 1974 2000 British footballer car Peugeot A45, England [nb 4][3]
Allen, SteveSteve Allen 1921 2000 American actor, songwriter, author car Encino, California [nb 5]
Allman, DuaneDuane Allman 1946 1971 American guitarist motorcycle Harley-Davidson Macon, Georgia [nb 6]
Amalrik, AndreiAndrei Amalrik 1938 1980 Russian writer car Near Guadalajara, Spain [nb 7]
Andolsek, EricEric Andolsek 1966 1992 American football player stationary Thibodaux, Louisiana [nb 8]
Anglin, JackJack Anglin 1916 1963 American Country music singer car Madison, Tennessee [nb 9]
Armenulić, SilvanaSilvana Armenulić 1939 1976 Bosnian singer car Ford Granada Kolari, Smederevo, Yugoslavia The car was reportedly travelling 130 km/h (81 mph), when it collided with a FAP truck.[4]
Arruza, CarlosCarlos Arruza 1920 1966 Mexican bullfighter car
Ashby, DonDon Ashby 1955 1981 Canadian ice hockey player car
Asparuhov, GeorgiGeorgi Asparuhov 1943 1971 Bulgarian footballer car
al-Assad, BasilBasil al-Assad 1962 1994 Syrian eldest son and heir of president of Syria car Mercedes-Benz Damascus, Syria While 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 Sweden 1905 1935 Swedish Queen of the Belgians car (passenger) Packard One-Twenty convertible Küssnacht am Rigi, near Lake Lucerne, Schwyz, Switzerland As 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 Armstrong 1926 1979 Irish motorcycle racer motorcycle
Audret, PascalePascale Audret 1936 2000 French actress car (passenger) Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze, France[8]
Aus, LauriLauri Aus 1970 2003 Estonian professional cyclist bicycle Tartu, Estonia Aus was struck by a truck during a workout session.[9]

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Name Birth Death Nationality Occupation Mode of transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Christian Bakkerud 1984 2011 Danish Retired racing driver car Audi RS6 Putney Heath near Wimbledon Common Investigations ongoing.[10][11]
Bajraktarević, MirsadaMirsada Bajraktarević 1951 1976 Bosnian singer car Ford Granada Kolari, Smederevo, Yugoslavia The car was reportedly travelling 130 km/h (81 mph), when it collided with a FAP truck.[4]
Harry Bamford[12] 1920 1958 England footballer motorcycle Bristol, England Collided with a car. He remained in hospital for three days before finally dying from his injuries on 31 October.
Maurice Banach 1967 1991 German footballer car Opel Omega Kombi Autobahn near Remscheid, Germany
Ian Bannen 1928 1999 Scottish actor car Renault Laguna Knockies Straight, Scotland With his wife driving, hit a verge and the vehicle overturned.
Gerhard Barkhorn 1919 1983 German World War II Luftwaffe fighter ace car Cologne, Germany Crashed during a winter storm killing his wife and fatally injuring himself.
Roland Barthes 1915 1980 French Philosopher pedestrian Paris, France Hit by a laundry van while walking home from a lunch party hosted by François Mitterrand.
Jeff Batters 1970 1996 American Ice hockey player car Pickup Truck Trans-Canada Highway Canmore, Alberta, Canada Driving 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 Bell 1951 1978 American Big Star musician car Triumph TR7
Brad Beckman 1964 1989 American American football player car Lilburn, Georgia In 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 Bentley 1973 2005 American Actor car Mercedes-Benz Simi Valley, California Exited 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] 1956 2005 American Corporate, tax and health care attorney and lobbyist. car 2006 Ford Taurus Aspen, Colorado The 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 Blackton 1875 1941 American Film producer
Bill Boaks 1904 1986 British Political campaigner for road safety bus Boaks 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 Bolan 1947 1977 British T.Rex musician car (passenger) Mini 1275GT Queens Ride, Barnes Common, southwest London Driver was girlfriend Gloria Jones.[14]
D. Boon 1958 1985 American The Minutemen musician van Was sleeping on the van when it crashed
Luc Bourdon 1987 2008 Canadian Ice hockey player motorcycle Suzuki GSX-R1000 Lamèque, New Brunswick Ran into the back of a tractor-trailer after losing control of the motorbike.
Peter "Possum" Bourne 1956 2003 New Zealand Rally driver car Subaru Forester Race to the Sky track, Cardrona, New Zealand During course inspection, Bourne collided head on with a competitor's Jeep Cherokee who was later charged for dangerous driving
Dennis Brain 1921 1957 British Horn virtuoso car Triumph TR2
Jaime Bravo 1932 1970 Mexican Matador car
Nino Bravo 1944 1973 Spanish Singer and songwriter car BMW 2800 Villarrubio, Cuenca
Gianni Brera 1919 1992 Italian sports journalist and novelist car Codogno, Lodi, Italy
Michel Brière 1949 1971 Canadian NHL player car Mercury Cougar Quebec Route 117, Val-d'Or Crashed his car on May 15, 1970 and was ejected, suffering major head trauma. Died 11 months after the accident without regaining consciousness.
Rolf Dieter Brinkmann 1940 1975 German Poet
Gladys Brockwell 1893 1929 American actress car Ventura Highway Male 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 Brooks 1937 2003 American Ice hockey coach, most notably of the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team. car Interstate 35 in Washington County, Minnesota Believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel. Was not wearing a seat belt.
Clifford Brown 1930 1956 American jazz trumpeter aka "Brownie" car (passenger) west of Bedford, Pennsylvania Powell'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 Brown 1965 1992 American American football player car Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Brooksville, Florida Lost control of his car at high speed and hit a power pole. His nephew, a passenger in the car, was also killed.
Jean Bugatti 1909 1939 French Automotive designer car Bugatti Type 57S Tank
Brandon Burlsworth 1976 1999 American American football player car near Alpena, Arkansas [16]
Cliff Burton 1962 1986 American Metallica bass guitarist tour bus European route E4 in Ljungby Municipality, Sweden Thrown out of window and crushed after the bus skidded off the road and landed on its side.

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Name Birth Death Nationality Notability Mode of transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Caldés Luis, MiguelMiguel Caldés Luis 1970 2000 Cuban Baseball player Saratoga, Camagüey, Cuba [17]
Albert Camus 1913 1960 French-Algerian Writer and Nobel Prize-winner car Facel Vega Villeblevin, France Michel Gallimard, the driver, was also killed.
Eric Campbell 1878 1917 British Silent screen star and ubiquitous nemesis of Charlie Chaplin car Los Angeles
Cornelius Cardew 1936 1981 English Composer pedestrian Leyton, London Killed in a "hit and run" incident. The driver of the car was never found.
Cecilia (Spanish singer), real name Evangelina Sobredo Galanes 1948 1976 Spanish Singer-songwriter car SEAT 124 Near Benavente, in Zamora province, Spain Musician José Luiz Gonzalez also died in the accident.
Chang Yu-sheng 1966 1997 Taiwanese Pop singer, composer and producer car
Harry Chapin 1942 1981 American Musician and film producer car Volkswagen Rabbit Long Island Expressway, New York Collision with truck.
Ernest Chausson 1855 1899 French Composer bicycle Limay, Yvelines, France Collision with wall.
Steve Chiasson 1967 1999 Canadian Hockey player pick-up truck North Carolina Fell out of truck after collision. Was over drink-drive limit.
Dugald Christie 1941 2006 Canadian Lawyer and political activist bicycle Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada Collision with truck.
Prince Christopher of Yugoslavia 1960 1994 Yugoslav Royalty car Irvine, California The death was determined to be suicide by carbon monoxide.[18]
Bob Clark 1939 2007 American Film director car Infiniti I30 Pacific Coast Highway, near Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California Collision with SUV.
Spencer Clark 1987 2006 American NASCAR driver Truck Near Albuquerque, New Mexico Truck was carrying a car and fell over.
Eddie Cochran 1938 1960 American Musician taxi Ford Consul M4 motorway near Chippenham, Wiltshire Taxi blew a tyre and collided with a lamp-post. Gene Vincent and Sharon Sheeley, the other passengers, survived the crash.
Ludo Coeck 1955 1985 Belgian Footballer car BMW Near Rumst, Belgium Collision with central reservation.
Alexis Cohen 1983 2009 American Actress and American Idol Participate Pedestrian Mitsubishi Galant Seaside Heights, New Jersey Killed 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 Cole 1979 c. 2001 American Baseball player car [19][20]
Bonar Colleano 1924 1958 American actor car Queensway Tunnel, Birkenhead
Billy Collins 1961 1984 American Boxer car 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass Antioch, Tennessee Collision with culvert.[21]
Rob Collins 1965 1996 English Musician and keyboardist of The Charlatans car BMW Wales Was over the drink-drive limit and not wearing a seatbelt.
Coluche 1944 1986 French Comedian Motorcycle Opio, Alpes-Maritimes, France Collision with lorry.
Amie Comeaux 1976 1997 American Country singer car Dodge Avenger Near Baton Rouge, Louisiana Car overturned.
Jim Connors 1940 1987 American Legendary radio disc jockey and On Air personality car Interstate 95 in Greenville County, Virginia
Pete Conrad 1930 1999 American Lunar astronaut motorcycle Ojai, California Veered off road and crashed.
Dallas Cook 1982 2005 American Musician motorcycle Costa Mesa Freeway, near Orange, California Collision with car.
Gottfried von Cramm 1909 1976 German Tennis player car Near Cairo, Egypt
Seymour Cray 1925 1996 American Supercomputer architect car Jeep Cherokee Interstate 25 near Colorado Springs, Colorado Collision with another vehicle.
Kenneth Craik 1914 1945 British Philosopher and psychologist bicycle
Tonya Crews 1938 1966 American Model and Playboy Playmate car [22]
Bob Cryer 1934 1994 British Labour MP car Rover M1 motorway near Watford, England Car overturned on motorway. His wife, Ann, survived the crash.
Alan Crosland 1894 1936 American Film director car Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles
Laurie Cunningham 1956 1989 English footballer car Renault 5 GTI Madrid Car collided with barrier and overturned.
Pierre Curie 1859 1906 French Chemist and physicist, 1903 Nobel Prize pedestrian Rue Dauphine, Paris Run over by a horse-drawn vehicle.
Greg Curnoe 1936 1992 Canadian Painter bicycle Knocked down by a pick-up truck.

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Name Birth Death Nationality Occupation Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Vitaly Daraselia 1957 1982 Georgian footballer
Betty Jack Davis 1932 1953 American Country music singer; one half of The Davis Sisters car Skeeter 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 Davis 1983 2003 British Manchester United footballer car BMW 3 series M40 motorway in Oxfordshire Crashed into back of lorry. Was twice over the drink-drive limit.
James Dean 1931 1955 American Actor car Porsche 550 Spyder near Cholame, California
Mike Darr 1976 2002 American Baseball player car Peoria, Arizona
Roger Delgado 1918 1973 British actor car Republic of Turkey Died on location in Turkey while shooting the (never-completed) movie Bell of Tibet. Two Turkish film technicians were killed in the same crash.
Kazimierz Deyna 1947 1989 Polish footballer car BMW San Diego, California
Diana, Princess of Wales 1961 1997 British member of British royal family car 1994 Mercedes-Benz S280 W140 Pont de l'Alma road tunnel, Paris, France Diana'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 Dibarbora 1916 1987 Slovak actor car
Mike Dickin 1943 2006 British Radio DJ car Cornwall
Lou DiMuro 1932 1982 American Baseball umpire[23] pedestrian Arlington, Texas
Bridget Driscoll 1852 1896 British The first pedestrian victim of an automobile accident in the United Kingdom.[24] pedestrian Crystal Palace, London One of the earliest recorded road accident victims.
Alfred Dobbs 1882 1945 British politician car Doncaster, England Dobbs' car was in collision with a military vehicle
Ian Stuart Donaldson 1957 1993 British Neo-Nazi musician car Volkswagen Polo Near Burnaston, Derbyshire
Françoise Dorléac 1942 1967 French Film actress car Renault 10 A8 autoroute near Villeneuve-Loubet Collided with signpost.
Piero Drogo 1926 1973 Italian racing driver and coachbuilder car Ferrari 250 California Bologna Crashed into a broken down truck in a tunnel, both were unlit.[25]
Alexander Dubček 1921 1992 Slovak politician car BMW 535i D1 highway near Humpolec, Czech Republic Car veered off road.
Gus Dudgeon 1942 2002 British Record producer car Jaguar XK8 M4 motorway between Reading and Maidenhead Car veered off road.
Fred Duesenberg 1876 1932 American Automobile pioneer, designer and manufacturer car Duesenberg Lincoln Highway near Jennerstown, Pennsylvania Car overturned. Duesenberg died in hospital after being comatose for three weeks.
Isadora Duncan 1878 1927 American Dancer car Amilcar Nice, France Strangled by own headscarf after collision.
Ryan Dunn 1977 2011 American Reality television personality and daredevil car Porsche 911 GT3 Chester County, Pennsylvania Collided with tree. Was twice over the drink-drive limit.
Al Dvorin 1923 2004 American Elvis Presley concert announcer car Near Ivanpah, California

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Name Nationality Birth Death Notability Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Edem Ephraim British 1959 1995 singer and one half of London Boys car Eastern Alps, Austria His colleague, Dennis Fuller, also died in the head-on collision with a drunken Swiss.[26]

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Name Nationality Birth Death Notability Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Fagernes, Pål ArnePål Arne Fagernes Norwegian 1974 2003 Athlete (javelin) car European route E6 near Moss, Norway Collided with a truck/lorry.
Falco, Falco Austrian 1957 1998 Rock musician SUV Mitsubishi Montero Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic Collided with a bus.
Farina, GiuseppeGiuseppe Farina Italy 1906 1966 Inaugural Formula One world champion car Lotus Cortina Chambéry, France [27]
Fariña, RichardRichard Fariña American 1937 1966 musician and writer motorcycle Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, California Motorbike veered off road. Driver survived.
Farrell, RichardRichard Farrell New Zealand 1926 1958 classical pianist car Arundel, Sussex, England
Farroxzad, ForoughForough Farroxzad Iran 1934 1966 Modernist Poet car Jeep Gholhak, Tehran, Iran In order to avoid hitting a school bus, she swerved her Jeep, which hit a stone wall; she died before reaching the hospital.
Fayed, DodiDodi Fayed Egyptian 1957 1997 companion of Diana, Princess of Wales car 1994 Mercedes-Benz S280 W140 Pont de l'Alma road tunnel, Paris, France Fayed 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 Fenslau German 1964 1993 Record Producer, DJ car Mercedes-Benz 500SL Landesstraße 3097, Near Messel, Hessen, Germany Fenslau, 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 Fernández Spanish 1955 1984 road racing cyclist car Near Aranda de Duero, Burgos Province, Spain His wife was also killed in the crash.
Fernandez, RommelRommel Fernandez Panamanian 1966 1993 footballer car Near Albacete, Spain His cousin, Ronny Rojo, survived the crash.
Farrington, JohnJohn Farrington American 1936 1964 American football player car Rensselaer, Indiana[28][29]
Flahavan, AaronAaron Flahavan English 1975 2001 footballer car BMW sports car Near Bournemouth, England
Fox, CharleyCharley Fox Canadian 1920 2008 RCAF fighter pilot car Tillsonburg, Ontario [30]
Fox, StanStan Fox American 1952 2000 racing driver van Desert Road, south of Auckland, New Zealand
Fuller, DennisDennis Fuller Jamaican 1959 1995 singer and one half of London Boys car Eastern Alps, Austria His colleague, Edem Ephraim, also died in the head-on collision with a drunken Swiss.[26]

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Name Birth Death Nationality Notability Mode of transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Gabelich, GaryGary Gabelich 1940 1984 American Land speed record holder motorcycle Long Beach, California Collision with truck.[31]
Gaetano, RinoRino Gaetano 1950 1981 Italian Singer-songwriter car Volvo 343 Via Nomentana, Rome Collision with lorry.
Galimore, WillieWillie Galimore 1935 1964 American Football player car Rensselaer, Indiana Teammate John Farrington also died in the accident.
Galli, NiccolòNiccolò Galli 1983 2001 Italian Footballer car Bologna Car collided with central reservation.
Gallo, JulioJulio Gallo 1910 1993 American Winemaker car Near Tracy, California Car veered off road.
Gassoff, BobBob Gassoff 1953 1977 Canadian Ice hockey player motorcycle Near Villa Ridge, Missouri Head-on collision with car.
Gastaldello, LinoLino Gastaldello 1939[32] 2010 Italy Businessman, owner of Wilier Triestina bicycle San Zenone degli Ezzelini Head-on collision with car.[32]
Gaudí, AntoniAntoni Gaudí 1852 1926 Spanish Architect pedestrian Barcelona Struck by a tram and died from his injuries three days later.
Gauss, MartyMarty Gauss 1965 1997 American Truck Drunk driver hit him head on.
George, BillBill George 1929 1982 American American football Hall of Famer van Wisconsin Mr. George was driving eastbound on Illinois 72 when a tractor-trailer struck his van at an intersection.[33]
Gessinger, Marie-ChristineMarie-Christine Gessinger 1992 2010 Austrian Fashion model car Volkswagen Golf Austria Struck into a tree at 150 km/h over the permitted 100 km/h.[34]
Ghazi of Iraq 1912 1939 King of Iraq 1933–1939 car Ghazi 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 González 1954 1992 Spanish footballer car Calzado de Oropesa, Spain
Princess Grace of Monaco 1929 1982 American actress/Monegasque Royalty car Rover P6 Route de la Turbie near Monte Carlo Car veered off road and overturned. Grace's daughter Princess Stéphanie survived.
Griggs, DavidDavid Griggs 1967 1995 American American football player car Fort Lauderdale, Florida Collision with billboard.
Grunitzky, NicolasNicolas Grunitzky 1913 1969 Togolese exiled President of Togo car Côte d'Ivoire
Guyton, ArthurArthur Guyton 1919 2003 American Physiologist car

H[edit]

Name Birth Death Nationality Occupation Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Paul Hackman 1953 1992 Canadian musician van Near Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada Van belonging to Helix, Paul Hackman's band, veered off road and fell down embankment.
Jörg Haider 1950 2008 Austrian politician, Governor of Carinthia car Volkswagen Phaeton Near Köttmannsdorf, Carinthia, Austria Car veered off road and fell down embankment.
Mike Hailwood 1940 1981 British Motorcycle racer car Rover SD1 A435 Alcester Road, near Tanworth-in-Arden, Warwickshire, England Collision with lorry. Hailwood's daughter Michelle was also killed.
Veikko Hakulinen 1925 2003 Finnish Skier car Valkeakoski, Finland
David Halberstam 1934 2007 American Pulitzer prize winning journalist car Toyota Camry California State Route 84 at Menlo Park, California near the Dumbarton Bridge Collision with car. Kevin Jones, Halberstam's assistant, was the driver.
Josh Hancock 1978 2007 American Baseball player car Ford Explorer Near St. Louis, Missouri Collision with truck. Hancock was twice over the drink-drive limit.
Mary Hansen 1966 2002 Australian Vocalist with Stereolab bicycle London, United Kingdom Crushed to death by lorry.
Ron Hansen 1960 1993 American jockey [36]
Sajjadul Hasan 1978 2007 Bangladeshi Cricketer motorcycle
Ahmed Hassanein 1889 1946 Egyptian Political advisor, writer, and sportsman car Egypt Collision with British military vehicle.
Mike Hawthorn 1929 1959 British Racing driver car Jaguar Mark 1 A3 near Guildford, England Collision with tree.
Michael Hedges 1953 1997 American Musician car BMW State Route 128, near Boonville, California Car veered off road and fell down embankment.
Conrad Hendricks 1979 2006 South African Footballer car Near Johannesburg
Chris Henry 1983 2009 American American footballer pick-up truck Near Charlotte, North Carolina Fell out of pick-up truck window.
Bob Herbert 1942 1999 British Talent manager car MG F Windsor Great Park, Berkshire Collision with fence.[37]
Ivan Hlinka 1950 2004 Czech Ice hockey player car Near Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic Collision with truck.
Heinz Hofer 1943 1977 Swiss Racing team manager and mechanic car Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer A27, near Portsmouth, England Collision with another vehicle.[38]
Marty Hogan 1869 1923 American Baseball player car Died of injuries received in accident.
Patrick Hogan 1891 1936 Irish Politician car Aughrim, County Galway, Ireland
Ben Hollioake 1977 2002 English Cricketer car Porsche 968 convertible Kwinana Freeway, Perth, Australia Collision with wall.
Johnny Horton 1925 1960 American Musician car Cadillac Near Milano, Texas Car fell off bridge into ditch after colliding with a truck.
Tim Horton 1930 1974 Canadian Ice hockey player car De Tomaso Pantera Queen Elizabeth Way at crossing of Twelve Mile Creek, Ontario Car collided with culvert, throwing Horton out.
Dean Horrix 1961 1990 English footballer car Berkshire, England His wife survived the crash.
Peter Houseman 1945 1977 English footballer car Near Oxford, England His wife and two friends were also killed.
Beatrice Hsu 1978 2007 Taiwanese actress car Mini Cooper National Highway No. 1 near Taichung, Taiwan Car collided with central reservation and then with a lorry.
John Hugenholtz 1914 1995 Dutch Race circuit designer car Zandvoort, Netherlands His wife died instantly; he died later of his injuries.

I[edit]

Name Birth Death Nationality Occupation Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Ben Ineson 1990 2009 Downhill racer car (passenger) Peugeot 306 Long Preston, North Yorkshire, England Car that he and Tom Rodgers were traveling in left the road and struck a tree.[39][40]
Vernon Isley 1942 1955 American singer and original member of The Isley Brothers bicycle Cincinnati, Ohio His bicycle was struck by a car near his home.

J[edit]

Name Birth Death Nationality Notability Mode of Transport Vehicle Location of accident Details
James Jabara 1923 1966 American War ace pilot car Volkswagen Delray Beach, Florida
Randall Jarrell 1914 1965 American poet pedestrian Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Paul Jarrico 1915 1997 American Screenwriter car
Claudia Jennings 1949 1979 American Model and Playboy Playmate car Volkswagen Beetle Malibu, California [22]
Arvin "Tado" Jimenez 1974 2014 Filipino Comedian bus (passenger) Nissan Diesel RB46S (DMMC Aero Adamant) Bontoc, Mountain Province, Philippines Jimenez 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 Johnson 1878 1946 American Boxer car Franklinton, North Carolina
James Weldon Johnson 1871 1938 American Lawyer and civil rights advocate car Wiscasset, Maine Accident happened on level crossing.
Kenneth Jones 1952 1969 American songwriter car Jones was killed in an automobile accident.
Ray Jones[41] 1988 2007 English footballer car (passenger) Volkswagen Golf East Ham, London Vehicle collided with bus.
Junkyard Dog (Real name: Sylvester Ritter) 1952 1998 American Professional wrestler car Interstate 20, near Forest, Mississippi

K[edit]

Name Birth Death Nationality Occupation
(or claim to notability)
Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Ludvik Kalma 1941 1996 Czech executive and president of Škoda Auto car Škoda Octavia Horusice, Czech Republic On 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 Kanai 1959 1990 Japanese long-distance runner[42] Hokkaido, Japan He was killed in a traffic accident.[43]
Kemistry 1963 1999 English DJ car (passenger) Hampshire, England Olusanya 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 Kharlamov 1948 1981 Russian ice hockey player car Solnechnogorsky District, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union Valeri and his wife Irina died tragically in a car accident on the busy highway between Moscow and St. Petersburg.[44]
Terrence Kiel 1980 2008 American football player car Chevy Sedan San Diego, California Kiel was driving alone in San Diego's upscale Scripps Ranch neighborhood when he hit a wall and was thrown from his car.[45] Police said Kiel was barely breathing when paramedics got to him and he died about an hour later.
Witold Kiełtyka 1984 2007 Polish death metal drummer bus (passenger) Novozybkov, Russia While 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.[46]
Ken Kifer 1945 2003 American[47] writer, bicyclist and webmaster bicycle 6 miles (9.7 km) from his home near Scottsboro, Alabama Kifer was struck and killed by a serial drunk driver.[48][49] He died the next morning.
Sam Kinison 1953 1992 American stand-up comedian and actor car 1989 Pontiac Trans Am west of Needles, California Kinison 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.[50][51] 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.[52]
Andy Kirby 1961 2002 American NASCAR stockcar driver motorcycle White House, Tennessee He was killed in a motorcycle accident in his home town.
Hugo Koblet 1925 1964 Swiss champion cyclist car Egg, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland Koblet died at 39, four days after a car crash, with speculation that his death may have been suicide.
Mary Jo Kopechne 1940 1969 American passenger of U.S. Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy car (passenger) 1967 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts Kennedy drove the car off a narrow, unlit bridge, which was without guardrails.[53] The Oldsmobile landed in Poucha Pond and overturned in the water; Kennedy extricated himself from the vehicle and survived, but Kopechne did not.[53]
Lou Kolls 1896 1941 American baseball umpire[54] car Hooppole, Illinois Head-on collision.
Nikola Kotkov 1938 1971 Bulgarian football striker Sofia, Bulgaria Kotkov 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.[55]
Kostas Kouvidis 1976 2007 Greek drummer[56] car Athens, Greece He was tragically lost in a car crash by an insanely speeding 18 year old street bandit.
Ernie Kovacs 1919 1962 American comedian, actor, and writer car Chevrolet Corvair station wagon Los Angeles, California Kovacs 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.[57] 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.[58]
Philip Taylor Kramer 1952 1995 American bass guitar player for the rock group Iron Butterfly minivan 1993 green Ford Aerostar near Malibu, California Kramer 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."[59][60] He was never heard from again. This led to a massive search, many news reports, and talk show segments.[61] An article in Skeptic reported numerous conspiracy theories about his death.[62][63] On May 29, 1999, Kramer's minivan and skeletal remains were found[64][65] by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California.[59] 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.[66]
Marek Krejčí 1980 2007 Slovak footballer car Audi S3 near Maitenbeth, Bavaria, Germany He 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.[67]
Richard Kröll 1968 1996 Austrian alpine skier car Zillertal road (B 169), Austria He hit a German bus on a wet road head and died at the scene.
Juscelino Kubitschek 1902 1976 Brazilian Former president car near Resende, Rio de Janeiro He was killed in a car crash.
Evgeny Kucherevsky 1941 2006 Ukrainian football coach car Mercedes-Benz Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine Kucherevskyi's car suffered a head-on collision with a KAMAZ truck.
Janusz Kulig 1969 2004 Polish rally driver car Fiat Stilo Rzezawa, Poland Kulig died after his car collided with a train on a level crossing. The crossing barriers were not lowered.
Atsushi Kuroi 1969 2010 Japanese professional drifting driver[68][69] motorcycle He died during the evening due to a motorcycle accident.[70] 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.[71]

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L[edit]

Name Birth Death Nationality Occupation
(or claim to notability)
Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Nicolae Labiş 1935 1956 Romanian poet pedestrian University Square, Bucharest He lost his balance, caught the grille between the tram wagons, his head hit the pavement, and he was dragged a short distance.
Scott LaFaro 1936 1961 American jazz musician car Flint, New York LaFaro died in an automobile accident in the summer of 1961 in Flint, New York on U.S. Route 20 between Geneva and Canandaigua.[72]
Martin Lamble 1949 1969 British drummer for British electric folk band, Fairport Convention van Birmingham, England Crashed on the M1 motorway on the way home from a gig at Mothers, a club in Birmingham.
Mark Langford 1964 2007 British Controversial company director of The Accident Group car Opel Corsa Marbella, Spain Langford died when his car left the road.[73]
T. E. Lawrence 1888 1935 British army officer motorcycle Brough Superior SS100 Dorset, England Lawrence 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.[74] He died six days later.
Iry LeJeune 1928 1955 American Cajun accordionist pedestrian Eunice, Louisiana Hit by a car while changing a tire.
Julia Lennon 1914 1958 British mother of John Lennon pedestrian Menlove Avenue, Woolton, Liverpool, England While crossing Menlove Avenue to the central reservation between two traffic lanes, she was struck and killed by a Standard Vanguard car.
Charles Lewis, Jr. 1963 2009 American businessman, promoter and entertainer car Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale Newport Beach, California Lewis 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".[75]
Jim Liberman 1945 1977 American NHRA drag racing driver[76] car 1972 Corvette West Goshen Township near West Chester, Pennsylvania Liberman died in a head-on collision with a bus.
Pelle Lindbergh 1959 1985 Swedish ice hockey goaltender car Porsche 930 Turbo Somerdale, New Jersey Lindbergh lost control of his car and struck a wall in front of an elementary school, critically injuring himself and severely injuring his two passengers.[77] 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 Lindvall 1982 2006 American model bicycle Lee's Summit, Missouri The 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.[78][79] She died instantly when the truck rolled over her.[80]
Jaclyn Linetsky 1986 2003 Canadian actress car Chrysler Grand Caravan Saint-Césaire, Quebec Linetsky and her 15/Love costar Vadim Schneider were killed in a traffic collision on their way to the set.[81]
Desmond Llewelyn 1914 1999 British actor Q in the James Bond movies) car Renault Megane Firle, East Sussex Llewelyn's car collided head-on with a Fiat Bravo on the A27.[82]
Linda Lovelace 1949 2002 American actress car Denver, Colorado She was involved in a serious automobile accident, suffering massive trauma and internal injuries. On April 22, 2002, she was taken off life support.[83]
Lisa Lopes 1971 2002 American singer with the R&B trio TLC SUV Mitsubishi Montero Sport La Ceiba, Atlántida, Honduras Lopes 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.[84]
Juan López Mella 1965 1995 Spanish motorcycle racer[85] Traffic accident when he went to the circuit of Calafat to test with Team Arbizu.
Mitch Lucker 1984 2012 American Frontman of metal band Suicide Silence. motorcycle 2013 Harley Davidson Huntington Beach, California On 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.[86][87]
Krysti Lynn 1971 1995 American actress car Acura Legend Las Virgenes Road, Calabasas, California She died when her car went off the road at 100 mph (160 km/h) and fell 150 feet (46 m) into a ravine.[88][89]

M[edit]

Name Birth Death Nationality Occupation
(or claim to notability)
Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Shawn Mackay 1982 2009 Australia Rugby union player pedestrian Durban, South Africa Died of complications a week after the accident.
David Macpherson, 2nd Baron Strathcarron 1924 2006 British Peerage motorcycle Died from sustained injuries from a collision with dustcart seven weeks later.[90]
Aristide Maillol 1861 1944 French artist car
Sigisfredo Mair 1939 1977 Italian luger car [91]
Stephen Malcolm 1970 2001 Jamaica footballer car
Malle, AnnaAnna Malle 1967 2006 American adult movie actress car (passenger) Near Las Vegas, Nevada She was a passenger in a car in which the driver made a u-turn and turned into the path of pickup truck.
Barry Mannakee 1947 1987 British bodyguard and alleged lover of Diana, Princess of Wales motorcycle (passenger) Suzuki Woodford, east London
César Manrique 1919 1992 Spanish architect car
Jayne Mansfield 1933 1967 American actress car (passenger) 1966 Buick Electra U.S. Highway 90 En 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.[92]
Lesley Manyathela 1981 2003 South Africa footballer car
Joey Marella 1964 1994 American World Wrestling Federation referee car
Johnny Mauro[93] 1910 2003 United States Racing driver Interstate 70, near Denver Head-on collision
Michelle Monkhouse 1991 2011 Canadian Fashion model car Markham, Ontario Contact with black ice causing her to collide with oncoming traffic.[94]
Gonzalo Márquez 1946 1984 Venezuelan Major league baseball player car Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela He was returning home from a baseball game.
Billy Martin 1929 1989 American Baseball player and manager car Port Crane, north of Binghamton, New York He 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 Espina 1962 1989 Spanish Basketball player car limited edition Lancia Thema with a Ferrari engine Madrid, Spain First Spaniard to play in the NBA, inductee of the FIBA Hall of Fame
Pyotr Masherov 1918 1980 Belarusian First secretary of Belarusian committee of the Communist Party of Soviet Union and a communist leader of Soviet Belarus car His car, escorted by police, collided with a produce truck (potatoes).
Sergei Maslov[95] 1939 1982 Russian mathematician
Lebo Mathosa 1977 2006 South African popular Kwaito singer car Johannesburg, South Africa Her driver lost control of her vehicle. Mathosa's car overturned and hit a tree.[96]
Jason Mayélé 1976 2002 Congolese footballer car Parma, Italy His 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 Mazan 1882 1917 Argentinian Road bicycle racer Troyes, France When 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 McVann 1965 1986 British drummer car Liverpool, England He died in a crash after attempting to outrun a police car near his Liverpool home.[97]
Vittorio Mero 1974 2002 Italian footballer car Rovato, Italy Vittorio died in a car accident on the A4 highway near Rovato.
Gionata Mingozzi 1984 2008 Italian footballer car Porsche Campagna Lupia, Italy Mingozzi died when his Porsche hit a lorry.[98]
Solomon Mikhoels 1890 1948 Russian actor and Jewish activist pedestrian Minsk, Soviet Union According 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.[99]
Darren Millane 1965 1991 Australian Australian rules football[100] Albert Park, Victoria Millane was killed in a car crash while intoxicated.[101] 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.[102]
Fred Mills 1935 2009 Canadian trumpeter and music professor[103][104] Athens, Georgia
Soledad Miranda 1943 1970 Spanish actress car Estoril, Portugal On 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 Mitchell 1900 1949 American author of Gone with the Wind car pedestrian Atlanta, Georgia Struck 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 Mix 1880 1940 American actor car 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton Florence, Arizona Heading 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.[105] The 60-year-old actor was killed almost instantly.
Carlos Monzón 1942 1995 Argentina boxer car Los Cerrillos, Argentina Monzon was killed when his car ran off a road and overturned during a weekend furlough.[106]
Bob Moose 1947 1976 American baseball player car near Martins Ferry, Ohio Killed in a head-on collision heading to Bill Mazeroski's golf course on his 29th birthday.[107]
Russell Mockridge 1928 1958 Australian racing cyclist bicycle Melbourne, Australia Died during a race, in collision with a bus.
Saúl Morales 1973 2000 Spanish racing cyclist bicycle During the Tour of Argentina he was hit by a truck that accidentally came between the riders.
Rob Moroso 1968 1990 American NASCAR Winston Cup driver car near Terrell, North Carolina Traffic accident.[108]
Mike Mosley 1946 1984 American IndyCar driver van near Aguanga, California Died in an off-road vehicle accident in which he lost control of the van he was driving and it caught fire.[109]
Lucille Mulhall 1885 1940 American cowgirl and Wild West performer car Mulhall, Oklahoma Killed in an automobile accident less than a mile from the Mulhall Ranch.[110]
Rich Mullins 1955 1997 American Christian Music artist Jeep Jeep north of Bloomington, Illinois Mullins 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. Murnau 1888 1931 German film director of Nosferatu car Rolls Royce along 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 Murray 1841 1914 Scots-Canadian marine biologist car Kirkliston, Edinburgh His car overturned near his home.
Mike Muuss 1958 2000 American computer programmer, creator of Ping car He died while returning home from a restaurant, when his car was involved in a multi-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95.[111]
Maharajapuram Santhanam 1928 1992 Indian Guru and exponent of Indian Classical Music car Tindivanam, India Maharajapuram passed away on 24 June 1992, in a car accident near Tindivanam.[112]

N[edit]

Name Nationality Birth Death Notability Mode of transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Napolitano, NorbertoNorberto Napolitano Argentina 1950 2005 blues and metal/rock musician Pappo motorcycle Harley-Davidson route 5, km 71, Luján, Buenos Aires province [113]
Naruse, HiromuHiromu Naruse Japan 1944 2010 chief test driver and chief test engineer of Toyota car Lexus LFA Nürburgring Edition Boos, Mayen-Koblenz [nb 10][114][115][116][117]
Nierlich, RudolfRudolf Nierlich Austria 1966 1991 Alpine skier car Sankt Wolfgang im Salzkammergut, Vienna
Norwood, RalphRalph Norwood United States 1966 1989 American football player car Suwanee, Georgia [nb 11][118][119]

O[edit]

Name Nationality Birth Death Notability Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
John O'Quinn American 1941 2009 Lawyer car Chevrolet Suburban Houston, Texas O'Quinn was driving twice the 40 mph speed limit in the rain at 8 a.m. where his Suburban slammed into a tree.[120][121][122]
Berry Oakley American 1948 1972 Bass guitarist motorcycle Macon, Georgia Oakley 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 Ohba Japanese 1949 1973 Boxer car Chevrolet Corvette Tokyo, Japan Ohba died in a car accident on an expressway in Tokyo, when he hit a truck coming down the opposite lane.
Metin Oktay Turkish 1936 1991 footballer car Istanbul, Turkey Car accident.
Mel Ott American 1909 1958 Baseball Hall of Famer car New Orleans, Louisiana Car accident.
Willem van Otterloo Dutch 1907 1978 conductor, cellist and composer car St Kilda East, Victoria, Australia He died from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

P[edit]

Name Nationality Birth Death Occupation Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Carlos Paião Portugal 1957 1988 Singer-songwriter car van
Fran Papasedero United States 1969 2003 Arena football player/coach car Lexus sedan Orlando, Florida Car lost control and rolled four times; ejected due to not wearing seat belt.[123]
Michelle Parma United States 1975 2002 Actress car Jeep Head-on collision.[124]
Simon Patterson England 1982 2006 footballer car BMW 328i
George S. Patton United States 1885 1945 General car 1939 Cadillac Series 75 Near Mannheim, Germany Died from complications 12 days after accident.
Alan J. Pakula United States 1928 1998 Film producer car 1995 Volvo [125]
Mike Parkes UK 1931 1977 Auto racer
Henri Paul France 1956 1997 Chauffeur car Mercedes-Benz S280 Pont de l'Alma tunnel, Paris See also Death of Diana, Princess of Wales.
David Penhaligon British 1944 1986 politician car Rover SD1 Truck Fork, Probus, Cornwall
Petropoulos Ioannis Greek 1944 1978 MTU engineer car Opel Kadett coupe Zelina, Croatia Side-frontal collision with bus, in a turn, on a rainy night. The bus came into oncoming traffic.
Dražen Petrović Croatia 1964 1993 Basketball player car Volkswagen Golf Bundesautobahn 9 near Denkendorf, Bavaria, Germany [nb 12]
Bobby Phills United States 1969 2000 Basketball player car 1997 Porsche 993 Cabriolet Charlotte, North Carolina [126]
Mark Philo English 1984 2006 footballer car Vauxhall Astra
Andrea Pininfarina Italian 1957 2008 engineer and manager, CEO of Pininfarina scooter Vespa GT60
Ja'far Pishevari Persian 1893 1947 founder and chairman of short-lived Azerbaijan People's Government car Baku, Azerbaijan Died in a car crash.
Vasek Polak American 1914 1997 racing team owner car 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S Died later from injuries sustained in an accident in a German autobahn[127][128]
Jackson Pollock American 1912 1956 artist car 1950 Oldsmobile 88 convertible [129]
Jim Pomeroy American 1952 2006 Motocrosser car Jeep Yakima, Washington Single vehicle, rollover accident[130]
Cozy Powell British 1947 1998 drummer with Whitesnake car Saab 9000 Powell'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.[131]
Richie Powell 1931 1956 jazz musician car
Steve Prefontaine American 1951 1975 athlete car MG MGB Eugene, Oregon Car 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 Pilot Indian 2000 Indian Minister and politician from Congress party jeep Jaipur, India Rajesh Pilot died on June 11, 2000 in a car accident.[132][133]
Audie Pitre American 1970 1996 bassist of music group Acid Bath car Audie Pitre and his parents were killed when they were hit head-on by a drunk driver on the Bourg-Larose Highway in Louisiana.[134]
Buford Pusser American 1937 1974 Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee car Chevrolet Corvette near Adamsville, Tennessee[135] 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 Proeski Macedonian 1981 2007 pop star car Volkswagen Touareg

Q[edit]

Name Birth Death Nationality Occupation Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Eric Qin 1967 1993 United States experimental music composer bicycle Upper West Side, Manhattan
Valérie Quennessen 1957 1989 French actress car A13 autoroute
Jocelyn Quivrin 1979 2009 French actor car Ariel Atom Saint-Cloud, Hauts-de-Seine

R[edit]

Name Birth Death Nationality Occupation Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Dottie Rambo 1934 2008 American Gospel Singer and Songwriter tour bus Mount Vernon, Missouri
Manjural Islam Rana 1984 2007 Bangladeshi cricketer motorcycle
Joe Ranft 1960 2005 American animator car California State Route 1, Mendocino County, California
Razzle 1960 1984 British Hanoi Rocks drummer car De Tomaso Pantera Car was driven by its owner, Vince Neil who crashed whilst driving intoxicated as well was speeding
Clay Regazzoni 1939 2006 Swiss Retired racing driver car Chrysler Voyager A1 Autostrada, near Parma
Don Rich 1941 1974 American Country music singer; member of Buck Owens' Buckaroos motorcycle Near Bakersfield, California Struck a guardrail after losing control of his motorcycle on Highway 99 north of Bakersfield, while traveling to Morro Bay for a family vacation.
Kenny Robinson 1969 1999 American Major league baseball pitcher car Tucson, Arizona
Roger Rodas 1975 2013 El Salvador Racer Car Porsche Carrera GT Valencia, Santa Clarita, California
Tom Rodgers[39][40] 1987 2009 British Downhill racer car Peugeot 306 Mearbeck Car that he and Ben Ineson was travelled in left the road and struck into a tree.
Rodrigo Bueno 1973 2000 Argentinian Cuarteto Singer and Songwriter car Ford Explorer Berazategui Partido, Buenos Aires
Joe Rollino[136] 1905 2010 American Strongman pedestrian Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York Crossing street 40 ft (12 m) from nearest crosswalk.
Jean Rondeau 1946 1985 French racing driver and race car builder car Champagné, France Attempted to drive through a closed level crossing to follow a police car and was struck by a train.
Darrell Russell 1976 2005 American football player car 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix Los Angeles, California Car was driven by former teammate Michael Bastianelli, who was also killed[137]
Porfirio Rubirosa 1909 1965 Dominican Republic Dominican diplomat car Ferrari Paris, France Crashed into a tree whilst driving intoxicated.
Frank Ryan 1960 2010 American Plastic surgeon car 1995 Jeep Wrangler California State Route 1, Malibu, California Car 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.[138]

S[edit]

Name Nationality Birth Death Occupation Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Silvester Sabolčki[139] Croatian 1979 2003 footballer car Audi A3 Varaždin, Croatia The 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[140][141] French 1975 1999 racing driver car
Salvador Sánchez Mexican 1959 1982 boxer
Richard Sanders American 1945 1972 amateur wrestler
Jessica Savitch American 1947 1983 journalist
Josef Schnitzer.[142] German 1939 1978 racing driver and founder of Schnitzer Motorsport car
Henry Schultz American 1893 1938 economist
Gaetano Scirea Italian 1953 1989 footballer
Malik Sealy American 1970 2000 basketball player
W. G. Sebald German 1944 2001 writer and academic
Mihail Sebastian Romanian 1907 1945 writer
Donald Sellers American 1974 2001 football player
Mike Sharperson American 1961 1996 Baseball player
Alexis Gewertz Shepard American 1969 1998 folk singer-songwriter bicycle
Larisa Shepitko Soviet Russia 1938 1979 film director car near Tver, Russia
Alexander Fu Sheng Hong Kong 1954 1983 martial arts actor car (passenger) Porsche 911 Targa Collision with concrete wall
Gene Shoemaker American 1928 1997 (astro)geologist and astronomer car Australia Head-on collision on the Tanami Road near Alice Springs.
Karen Silkwood American 1946 1974 labor activist car 1974 Honda Civic Silkwood'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.[143]
Wayne Simmons American 1969 2002 American football player car Mercedes Independence, Missouri Simmons 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 Slaghuis Dutch 1961 1991 DJ, producer and remixer car Slaghuis' died in a car accident.
Bessie Smith American 1894 1937 blues singer car (passenger) between Memphis, Tennessee, and Clarksdale, Mississippi Smith was critically injured in a car accident while traveling along U.S. Route 61.
Darren Smith Australian 1965 1992 cyclist bicycle Gold Coast road Just 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-Dorrien British 1858 1930 soldier
Ronnie Smith British 2003 motorcycle racer and journalist Scooter
Dan Snyder Canadian 1978 2003 ice hockey player
Bahattin Sofuoğlu Croatian 1978 2002 motorcycle racer car
Dick Stello American 1934 1987 National League umpire pedestrian Lakeland, Florida Crushed between two parked cars along a highway after one was struck by a third.
Nigel Stepney British 1958 2014 Race car mechanic, noted for the 2007 spying scandal M20 motorway, Ashford, Kent Volkswagen Caddy van "collision with an articulated goods vehicle" whilst parked on hard shoulder.[144]
François Sterchele Belgian 1982 2008 soccer player
Lynn Strait American 1968 1998 vocalist with Snot Highway 101, Santa Barbara, California 1992 Ford Tempo collision with a full-size pickup truck[145]
Italo Svevo Italian 1861 1928 writer

T[edit]

Name Birth Death Nationality Occupation
(or claim to notability)
Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Koki Takahashi 1987 2011 Japanese Grand Prix motorcycle racer[146] Japan[147]
Tomoyuki Taniguchi 1961 1990 Japanese athlete
Otilino Tenorio 1980 2005 Ecuadorian footballer car Quevedo, Ecuador The car in which he was travelling collided with a gas truck on the Santo Domingo-Quevedo road.
Derrick Thomas 1967 2000 American football linebacker and defensive end SUV 1999 Chevrolet Suburban Miami, Florida Thomas' 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.[148] 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.[149]
Thuy Trang 1973 2001 American/Vietnamese actress car near San Francisco, California Trang died after a car accident.
Stacey Toran 1961 1989 American American football defensive back location He was killed in an automobile accident.[150]
Judy Tyler 1932 1957 American actress car Rock River, Wyoming While 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.[151]
Nicola Trussardi 1942 1999 Italian fashion designer and entrepreneur car Mercedes-Benz near Milan, Italy Trussardi 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 Tsoy 1962 1990 Soviet musician, songwriter, and leader of the band Kino car Aleko Tukums, Latvia Early 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.[152] [153]

U[edit]

Name Nationality Birth Death Occupation Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
José Uribe Dominican 1959 2006 Former Major League baseball player car Juan Baron, Palenque, Dominican Republic
Joe Unser[154][155] American 1896 1929 Indycar driver, 1st Gen. member of the Unser racing family car FWD Coleman Special US-85 highway, Littleton, Colorado Killed whilst testing for the Indianapolis 500
Javier Urruticoechea Spanish 1952 2001 Football goalkeeper car Mercedes-Benz B-20 or Ronda de Dalt, Barcelona, Spain impacted central barrier between exits 14 and 15

V[edit]

Name Nationality Birth Death Notability Mode of transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Vivian Vachon Canadian 1951 1991 professional wrestler car near Montreal, Quebec [nb 13]
Dickie Valentine British 1929 1971 singer car Hillman Avenger Glangrwyney, near Crickhowell, Wales [156]
Valley, EchoEcho Valley American 1957 2011 adult actress car U.S. Route 83, Leakey, Texas [nb 14][157]
Ivo Van Damme Belgian 1954 1976 middle distance runner (athletics) car Marseille, France
Michael Ventris British 1922 1956 the decipherer of Linear B car
Ondřej Voříšek Czech 1986 2004 footballer car Uherský Ostroh, Czech Republic [158]

W[edit]

Name Nationality Birth Death Notability Mode of Transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Billy Walker American 1929 2006 country singer tour van Interstate 65, Fort Deposit, Alabama Three 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 Walker American 1973 2013 Actor Porsche Carerra GT Rye Canyon Loop, Santa Clarita, California The driver, Roger Rodas, was also killed in the single car accident.
Wang Donglei China 1985 2008 footballer car Nanjing, Jiangsu
Chris von Wangenheim Germany 1942 1981 fashion photographer car
Mary Ward Ireland 1827 1869 Scientist possibly the world's earliest road accident fatality
John L. Wasserman American 1938 1979 columnist
Dottie West American 1932 1991 Country singer car Briley Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee A 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 West American 1903 1940 writer
Bluey Wilkinson Australia 1911 1940 motorcycle speedway rider motorcycle
Whayne Wilson Costa Rica 1975 2005 footballer
Carol Willis American 1949 1971 Playboy Playmate car [22]
Bob Wollek French 1943 2001 race car driver bicycle U.S. Route 98, Florida Collision with a van driven by an elderly driver[159][160]
Freda Wright-Sorce American[161] 1955 2005 radio personality Ocean City, Maryland She died as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Maryland Route 90.[162]
Rolf Wütherich German 1927 1981 James Dean's passenger during his fatal crash car Honda Civic Kupferzell Was DUI when he fatally crashed.
N.C. Wyeth American 1882 1945 artist and illustrator Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania Wyeth and his grandson died in an accident at a railway crossing near his Chadds Ford home.

X, Y, Z[edit]

Name Birth Death Nationality Notability Mode of transport Vehicle Accident location Details
Yanagihara, HiromiHiromi Yanagihara 1979 1999 Japanese Country Musume singer car Yanagihara was killed in a car accident one week before the group Hello! Project's first release, Futari no Hokkaidou.
Yeremin, MikhailMikhail Yeremin 1968 1991 Soviet footballer
Yokoi, GunpeiGunpei Yokoi 1941 1997 Nintendo executive
Young, B.J.B.J. Young 1977 2005 American ice hockey player car Vancouver, BC, CAN Young was killed in a single-car accident.[163][164]
Young, BuddyBuddy Young 1926 1983 American American football player car Terrell, Texas Young lost control of his car, which came to rest in a creekbed about 300 feet off Interstate Highway 20.[165]
Zerouali, HichamHicham Zerouali 1977 2004 Moroccan footballer car Rabat Zerouali was killed in a car accident.[166]
Zhirov, AleksandrAleksandr Zhirov 1958 1983 Russian alpine skier car near Yakhroma, Moscow Oblast, Russia [167]
Zolotarev, Yegor IvanovichYegor Ivanovich Zolotarev 1847 1878 Russian mathematician Tsarskoye Selo, Russia Zolotarev'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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