Columbia experienced another tragedy recently when all three occupants of a pickup truck crashed into a tree. None of the young men were wearing seat belts.
Sadly, according to the Center for Disease Control, “motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S.”
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Three men are dead following a pickup truck crash early Sunday morning in Richland County.
The collision took place at 2:08 a.m. on Two Notch Road near Grampian Hills Road, which is near where Two Notch and Interstate 77 meet.
Master Trooper Brian Lee with the South Carolina Highway Patrol said a Dodge Ram was traveling north on Two Notch Road when it went off the left side of the road and struck trees.
The driver and two passengers inside the truck were killed. Lee said they were not wearing seat belts.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the three as 23-year-old Nelson Spain Jr., 22-year-old Darrius Pringle, and 22-year-old Tomas Walker, all three of Columbia. All died from injuries sustained in the crash.
The accident remains under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Seat Belts Save Lives
We want to remind everyone to wear a seatbelt every single time you drive. And please, be sure to insist that your passengers wear them, too.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), seat belts—for those riding in the front seat—cut the risk of death in an accident by 45% and reduce the risk of serious injury by 50%.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shares that in 2016, seat belts saved almost 15,000 people’s lives. If everyone had been wearing seat belts during a car accident, 2,500 more lives could have been saved. For free. With almost no effort other than a click of the seatbelt buckle.
Some people think their airbags will save them in the event of a car wreck, but airbags are designed to work with seatbelt use. Airbags, without seatbelts, can actually cause significant injuries or even death during a motor vehicle accident.
In 2016, according to the NHTSA, nearly half of the 262 children (8-12 years old) who were killed in car accidents were not wearing seatbelts.
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Seat Belts Save Lives by NHTSA.gov
Motor Vehicle Safety – Seat Belts by CDC.gov