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      Monday, March 08, 2010

07:36 AM - 03/08/2010

The topic: Seatbelts save lives…

Person killed in crash on Wildcat Canyon Road near Lakeside

Sunday, March 7, 2010 at 5:42 p.m.

EAST COUNTY — A passenger in a minivan was killed Sunday afternoon in a crash north of Lakeside on Wildcat Canyon Road.

The wreck, which involved a 2004 Ford F-150 and a 1994 Plymouth Voyager, was reported about 12:30 p.m. just south of Muth Valley Road not far from the Barona Casino, officials with the California Highway Patrol said.

Witnesses said the Ford’s driver was speeding on the wet road about 12:20 p.m. when he lost control, veered into oncoming traffic and collided head on with the Plymouth, the CHP said.

The Ford’s driver and his son, who were wearing their seat belts, were not hurt. The driver of the minivan was taken to the hospital to be treated for moderate injuries. Her passenger, 62, died, the CHP said. Officers believe the passenger, whose identity was not made public, was not wearing a seat belt.

Wildcat Canyon Road was closed in both directions as officers investigated the crash and cleared the road.

There but for the grace of god… as they say…

Here in Australia every passenger and driver MUST wear a seatbelt.

If the driver or any of their passengers is seen to be ‘unbelted’ then the driver loses points (And possibly their licence to drive) and also gets a very heavy fine.

The catchphrase is “Seatbelts Save Lives” & “Buckle Up” - the combination of air bags and seatbelts is best of course but nothing beats seat belts in a really heavy situation or of their is any rolling etc going on!

We used to race vintage english sports cars (Family thing - my father loved doing up old cars and so we all had them - mine was a little red MGB ‘Scarlet O’Cara”) and even in vintage cars before we could take them on the the open road or race them at a special event - every car had to be modified to have seat belts…. having attended many accidents to provide first aid, I can attest to those fixings saving lives - bruises and some pain of course - but massive injuries were avoided!

I hope you are feeling better soon…. thank heavens you use seat belts!

Posted by Kerry @ Monday, March 08, 2010 - 11:28:09 PM

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