Driver, not wearing seat belt, dies when car flips

Full story: Hampton Roads Daily Press

A 22-year-old Smithfield man died last night in a single-car accident in Isle of Wight County.

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Edward Jackson

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Jul 9, 2008
 
Hum ... where have we seen this before?

Since: Apr 08

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Jul 9, 2008
 
No doubt we will soon see droves of the 'oh so compassionate' people of Hampton Roads coming on here not to wish condolences to the family or express sorrow at the loss but to say what an idiot this woman was and how stupid she was, etc. Brace yourselves, it's coming.

However, I would like to express mmy sympathy to the family for their loss.

Since: Apr 08

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Jul 9, 2008
 
Sorry about that, I was having shades of the other thread and put my last post in the feminine. I don't have my contacts in at this moment and can't see very well. Anywwy, just replace woman with man, her with him etc in the above post and you get my drift.

Since: Nov 07

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Jul 9, 2008
 
Well, Donna, those who you hold in such contempt have a point... this is what, the third or fourth death in a WEEK that was preventable by the simple act of putting on a damn seatbelt. Now the last act of his grieving family will be to bury their son, all because of his own stupidity, and they may well have to have a closed casket funeral to boot.

Of course I feel bad for them- no one should have to bury their child, but the circumstances of his demise are nothing short of infuriating. He didn't have to die... nor did the woman who got thrown out of her spinning minivan, nor did the girl who was partially ejected from her car this past weekend.

They were all needless, wasteful losses which could have easily been prevented, and that sort of thing really torques me off because that leaves behind dozens, perhaps hundreds of grieving friends and family who are left to struggle through the remainder of their lives thinking about what might have been, had that person just made one single different choice.
Bryan

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Jul 9, 2008
 
I too would like to express my sympathy to the family for their loss.

It just makes me sick, people PLEASE wear your seat belts. This young man is gone at 22, I've been on my current job longer than that.
Survey Says

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Jul 9, 2008
 
Seatbelts save lives!
Fact. Click it people! If not for yourself, do it for your family, friends or co-workers. Not wearing a seatbelt is a selfish decision. Think of the people that could be affected by your early demise.
I extend my condolences to the Berry family. May God be with you during this tragic time.
Peste

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Jul 9, 2008
 
HH Observer wrote:
Well, Donna, those who you hold in such contempt have a point... this is what, the third or fourth death in a WEEK that was preventable by the simple act of putting on a damn seatbelt. Now the last act of his grieving family will be to bury their son, all because of his own stupidity, and they may well have to have a closed casket funeral to boot.
Of course I feel bad for them- no one should have to bury their child, but the circumstances of his demise are nothing short of infuriating. He didn't have to die... nor did the woman who got thrown out of her spinning minivan, nor did the girl who was partially ejected from her car this past weekend.
They were all needless, wasteful losses which could have easily been prevented, and that sort of thing really torques me off because that leaves behind dozens, perhaps hundreds of grieving friends and family who are left to struggle through the remainder of their lives thinking about what might have been, had that person just made one single different choice.
I have to say I agree. And to make it even better, there was another fatal accident in Sussex county this morning. Sometimes it seems accident is the wrong word; it's more accurate to say negligence.
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Jul 9, 2008
 
I have to disagree that seatbelts save lives. I had a bad car accident 24 years ago. The car I was riding in was hit in the rear drivers side door by a semi doing 72 miles an hour. The car was at a stop. I wound up with the lower part of my body wedged between the back of the rear seat and the back of the seat.Basically, the lower part of my body was in the trunk. Had to use the jaws of life to get me out. My family and I were told that had I been wearing a seatbelt, I would have died. I have a friend who's wife was wearing her seatbelt, had an accident, and she died at the scene. I also know someone who was wearing his seatbelt, his belt broke during an accident, he was ejected from the car and died. So now Im almost sure that whether you wear a seatbelt or not, you can still die. I haven't worn one in 24 years and Im still here.
Grim Reaper

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Jul 9, 2008
 
must disagree wrote:
I have to disagree that seatbelts save lives. I had a bad car accident 24 years ago. The car I was riding in was hit in the rear drivers side door by a semi doing 72 miles an hour. The car was at a stop. I wound up with the lower part of my body wedged between the back of the rear seat and the back of the seat.Basically, the lower part of my body was in the trunk. Had to use the jaws of life to get me out. My family and I were told that had I been wearing a seatbelt, I would have died. I have a friend who's wife was wearing her seatbelt, had an accident, and she died at the scene. I also know someone who was wearing his seatbelt, his belt broke during an accident, he was ejected from the car and died. So now Im almost sure that whether you wear a seatbelt or not, you can still die. I haven't worn one in 24 years and Im still here.
I'm patient, you don't have to make it easier.
Tragic

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Jul 9, 2008
 
NOT wearing a SEATBELT!!

“Boldly going nowhere...”

Since: Oct 07

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Jul 9, 2008
 
So sad.
wdc

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Jul 9, 2008
 
Wonder how many died wearing a seatbelt?
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Jul 9, 2008
 
wdc wrote:
Wonder how many died wearing a seatbelt?
No where near as many that weren't wearing a seatbelt. I'll take the conservative approach and wear mine. I'd rather take my chances with the seatbelt on. I've responded to TOO many accidents that had really bad and sad outcomes because of the lack of wearing a seatbelt.

Since: Jun 08

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Jul 9, 2008
 
must disagree wrote:
I have to disagree that seatbelts save lives. I had a bad car accident 24 years ago. The car I was riding in was hit in the rear drivers side door by a semi doing 72 miles an hour. The car was at a stop. I wound up with the lower part of my body wedged between the back of the rear seat and the back of the seat.Basically, the lower part of my body was in the trunk. Had to use the jaws of life to get me out. My family and I were told that had I been wearing a seatbelt, I would have died. I have a friend who's wife was wearing her seatbelt, had an accident, and she died at the scene. I also know someone who was wearing his seatbelt, his belt broke during an accident, he was ejected from the car and died. So now Im almost sure that whether you wear a seatbelt or not, you can still die. I haven't worn one in 24 years and Im still here.
Your anecdote here shows that there are certain freak accidents in which a seat belt might be a hindrance. No one denise that. But the simple fact is that in the vast majority of accidents, a seat belt helps you. In the great majority of accidents, no one ends up in the trunk of the car. But there are way, way too many instances in which a car flips or spins or overturns, and the people who aren't belted get ejected and killed, while the people who ARE belted sustain minor injuries. Look at the accident on I-664 last month - two young women, both unbelted, died, while the one young man, belted, survived. That happens a lot more often than what you're describing above.

Since: Apr 08

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Jul 9, 2008
 
HH Observer wrote:
Well, Donna, those who you hold in such contempt have a point... this is what, the third or fourth death in a WEEK that was preventable by the simple act of putting on a damn seatbelt. Now the last act of his grieving family will be to bury their son, all because of his own stupidity, and they may well have to have a closed casket funeral to boot.
Of course I feel bad for them- no one should have to bury their child, but the circumstances of his demise are nothing short of infuriating. He didn't have to die... nor did the woman who got thrown out of her spinning minivan, nor did the girl who was partially ejected from her car this past weekend.
They were all needless, wasteful losses which could have easily been prevented, and that sort of thing really torques me off because that leaves behind dozens, perhaps hundreds of grieving friends and family who are left to struggle through the remainder of their lives thinking about what might have been, had that person just made one single different choice.
I totally agree with your thoughts on wearing seatbelts and how these accidents could have been prevented. That is part of my problem with what people come on here spewing about. My issue is not that these people were right to not wear there seatbelts. My issue is the fact that they have paid dearly for their mistake. Their families are grieving and might come on here to see what people have said and hopefully find some condolences and all they get is post after post of no one mentioning their loss but of people saying what an idiot their relative was for not wearing their seatbelt. I would have to say, were I the relative that would sting just a bit. Seemingly no one cares that a life was lost but only that they should have put on their seatbelt. I agree but what does coming on here and getting on a soapbox about that solve? It hurts more than helps the family, who had no choice in whether or not the person wore their seatbelt and the person who didn't put their's on is already dead and can't learn from it.

I wear my seatbelt. I understand what the other poster is saying about seatbelts sometimes taking lives instead of saving them but I prefer to err on the side of caution so I do totally 100% agree with you. I just don't think this is necessarily the place to make a stand on seatbelts when the family would more likely come on here looking for condolences and well wishes only to get slammed in the face by a bunch of cruel people, half of whom never offer condolences but only ridicule the choice of their dead loved one.
Eva Marie

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Jul 9, 2008
 
Now this... it happened on the street that I live! Hubby and I heard it happen and saw the cops and ambulance rush to him! They had blocked off my road and yes, I do feel for the family but I do believe that this could have been prevented! The weather here yesterday was really unpredictable... it would be sunny one minute and the next, pouring down rain!
I still choose to put my seatbelt on every time I get into my car as an example for my children!
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Jul 11, 2008
 
For those who are sincerely compassionate for the young man and his heartbroken family who died not wearing a seatbelt, thank you. For those with a lack of sympathy I pray you never loose a loved one because of one bad decision, and if you should have to go through such a hardship, I pray someones has sympathy and compassion for you and your family. We all make bad choices, then all we can do is learn from it, teach those closest to us and hope they themselves don't make the same devisating choice.

Since: Jul 08

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Jul 11, 2008
 
Grim Reaper wrote:
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I'm patient, you don't have to make it easier.
You sir, are amazing.

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