Three relatives of Pope Francis died and a fourth was in serious condition after their car crashed in the pontiff’s homeland of Argentina, reported CNN News (8.19.14). The relatives who died were two of Pope Francis’ grandnephews and the boys’ mother. A nephew of the Pope, Emanuel Bergoglio, 38, was critically injured.
The car driven by Bergoglio had slammed into the back of a truck on a highway in Cordoba province, killing his sons — Jose Bergoglio, 8 months, and Antonio Bergoglio, 2 — and his wife, Valeria Carmona, 36.
Pope Francis was reported to be “deeply hurt” by news of the car accident, reported CNN News.
The cause of the accident was unreported. Many different factors can play a significant role in causing a motor vehicle accident. Some of the more common causes of car accidents include driver behavior, equipment failure, roadway design, weather conditions and poor roadway maintenance.
When a driver makes an error, it is most often the result of distracted driving. Driving while fatigued and speeding are also actions commonly linked to car accidents caused by driver error.
If a road is improperly maintained, a driver may not be able to maintain traction or to stop in time for a hazard. The same holds true for weather conditions. Snow, rain or other causes of moisture can make a roadway slippery. Weather can also impair visibility when conditions include fog, rain, or snow.
Mechanical problems that can cause of accidents include improperly maintained brakes or tires that may reduce a driver’s ability to stop a car in advance of a hazard. Mechanical issues may also reduce a driver’s ability to steer clear of a hazard on the roadway.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
DOT HS 811 856), the United States lost 33,561 people in crashes on roadways during 2012.An estimated 2.36 million people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In New York State, 1168 people died.
Pope Francis, the former Jorge Mario Bergoglio, succeeded Pope Benedict XVI as leader of Roman Catholic Church in March 201. He had served the church in Argentina for 43 years, including 15 years as archbishop of Buenos Aires.
The CNN News story is “3 members of Pope’s extended family die in Argentina car crash.”