Despite the fact that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among 15 to 20-year-olds in the United States, teens remain the least likely to buckle up. Nearly 61% of teen passengers and 51% of teen drivers who were involved in fatal car accidents were not wearing their seatbelts. 18% of male high school students reported that they are unlikely to ever wear a seatbelt, compared to 10% of high school females who reported the same. This is despite evidence that seat belt use can reduce the risk of fatal injury by a front-seat passenger by 45%. Action News Jax reports on an Atlanta teen ejected through a sunroof in a Florida auto accident.
On June 30th, at about 10:20 p.m., the driver of the vehicle in which 16-year-old Marietta resident Jamie Bennet was riding swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway. The driver lost control of the vehicle, veering off of the roadway. She then hit a tree, followed by a brick structure.
16-year-old Brooke Rice was killed in the accident. She, along with two other occupants, were from the Naples area, where the accident occurred. Authorities have not reported on why Bennett was in Florida at the time of the crash.
Bennett was in the front seat of the vehicle before being ejected through the sunroof. Rice was in the back seat on the driver’s side.
No one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. Bennett reported that Rice had her head outside the window at the time of the crash.
Investigators do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash. However, when asked if there would be charges, they indicated that the crash is still under investigation.
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