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Old 09-17-2003, 10:23 AM   #1
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It's Official - Wear Your Seatbelt

On my way to work his morning, I witnessed a horrific accident. A large SUV started fishtailing on the right side of the 55N Fwy, then swerved across the freeway, clipping a Blazer in the left lane.

The Blazer flipped over many time, almost bouncing as it rolled. I pulled over to the side of the freeway and looked over at the Blazer. I could not see anyone in the car. I got out and crossed over lanes to the carpool lane.

There was the driver, like a rag doll on the ground. It appeared as if the driver had not been wearing a seatbelt. A couple of others stopped to help (we all tried to call 911 - it was busy. Finally, one of us got through).

The driver was still alive. Someone pulled a blanket out to keep the guy warm. He had a number of contusions to his head and was bleeding (not severly however). Within a couple minutes, an off duty EMT arrived to help. A few minutes later, paramedics arrived and started full treatment.

This guy should live, but will be messed up for a while. I only write this to remind all of you to WEAR YOUR SEATBELTS!
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Old 09-17-2003, 10:27 AM   #2
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A very solid message TO ALL OF US who sometime think that the little trip to the store doesn't require us to BUCKLE UP!!! Me included...thanks counselor!
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yikes.....

I ALWAYS wear mine...it clicks right before I put the car into drive. Feel naked without it.
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Scary

I always wear mine too.
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naked ...

Please wear your seatbelts ...

I always wear mine and am grateful that they have saved my life ... twice.
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thats scary. daisy and i never leave our driveway without our seatbelts on. its our rule.
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that's scary

what scares me more is the fact that 911 was busy

i always wear a seatbelt
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Do you guys make your passengers bukle up too?

I cannot stand when people get in my car and don't "Click It" as the ad campaign says. I don't want a death on my hands when I am driving.....
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Everyone in mu car MUST wear a seatbelt.

How scary is this ... when I was young seatbelts were not mandatory in WI. My mom would always make my sister and I buckle up, but she wouldn't.
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I feel naked without a seatbelt, too. It's now the law in Ohio that all passengers must wear seatbelts.
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i was driving with a couple of friends once, my friend who was driving wouldn't start the car unless everyone had their seatbelt on. as a joke, my other friend took her seatbelt off while we were driving, and my friend who was driving stopped the car. right in the middle of the fucking road. 45 mph non-highway road, the kind that people usually go 60-ish on...that was scary.
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I get queezy whenever I drive by an accident
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My grandparents were told that they would have died in that horrible accident I posted about had they not been wearing their seat belts.
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I always wear my seatbelt


I always have to check my mirrors, seat and seatbelt and Im free to go - If I didnt have my belt on my driving instructor would shout at me
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He Didn't Make It

Driver sought in deadly accident on 55

By JOHN McDONALD
The Orange County Register



A fatal accident on the Costa Mesa (55) Freeway at Dyer Road has backed up traffic in both directions and caused police to issue an alert for a possible hit-and-run driver.

The accident and subsequent investigation backed up northbound traffic on the freeway back to Newport Beach and southbound lanes back to the Riverside (91) Freeway, the California Highway Patrol reported. It also caused a backup on the eastbound Garden Grove (22) Freeway.

The accident occurred at about 7:15 a.m. in the northbound lanes when a black Ford Explorer cut off a silver Ford Expedition. There was no contact between the cars, but the Expedition swerved to avoid a collision and hit a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, which rolled over several times, CHP Officer Denise Quesada said.

The Explorer's driver stopped at the scene but fled when a CHP officer arrived. The driver was described as a male, and the vehicle has damage on the left side that could be from a previous incident.

The man who was killed was not identified but was described as a Costa Mesa resident in his 30s.

A SigAlert is in effect until further notice.

Those wanting to avoid the traffic are advised to use the Santa Ana (I-5) Freeway and local streets.

Anybody with information about the driver of the Explorer is asked to call the CHP at (714) 567-6000.
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