North Carolina State Troopers say a high school student running late for school Monday morning struck a tree a half-mile from the school. The accident happened just before 8:30 a.m. on Slatestone Road in Beaufort County, that’s near Washington High School.
According to the accident report the 16-year-old boy was driving between 65 and 70 miles per hour in a 45 M.P.H. zone when he ran off the road, and over-corrected. The pickup went airborne and hit a tree. The teen was thrown through the driver’s window upon impact.
EMS workers told troopers the driver was in stable condition before being taken to Beaufort County Medical Center. The Highway Patrol says they’re looking at possible charges of speeding and a seat belt violation against the teen.
As researched by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Seat belts saved an estimated 15,147 lives in 2007. According to their survey if the percentage of people that wore seatbelts went from 82% to 90% compliance, then an estimated 1,652 additional lives would have been saved. and nearly 40,000 more nonfatal injuries would have been prevented, resulting in additional cost savings of about $5.2 billion dollars.
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