This news article below demonstrates again how critical it is to always wear your seatbelt. Here, an automobile was involved in a single car accident but not responsible for the ultimate death of one of the passengers. Speed was determined to not be a factor even though the car overturned in the roadway. What resulted in an unnecessary death was the failure to wear a seatbelt which resulted in the passenger being ejected from the vehicle. Sadly, this decision resulted in the untimely death of a teenager. As individuals, we each must make the choice to engage all vehicle safety systems. Some, like airbags, are outside of our control. Others, like seatbelts, are solely within our discretion. As parents, we should constantly reinforce to our children the importance of using seatbelts, everytime you are in a car. We should also warn about the dangers of excessively loud music, talking on a cellphone, texting, and, of course, driving after drinking. These essential safety precautions are vital in making travel as risk free as possible. In this way, we all accomplish our goal of getting back home safe and sound.

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FORT MILL, S.C. — The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that shut down I-77 northbound.

The accident happened on I-77 northbound in Fort Mill near Gold Hill Road, the interstate was completely shut down as troopers investigated the accident. Troopers say a 17-year-old was driving a 1993 Chevrolet SUV when she attempted to make a lane change and lost control of the vehicle. It ultimately overturned in the middle of the road. Three of the passengers were injured and taken to CMC. The fourth passenger, 16-year-old Thomas Luciano, was ejected from the back seat of the vehicle and killed. Investigators tell NewsChannel 36 there were four people in the vehicle at the time of the crash all were wearing seat belts except the teen who was killed. I-77 was closed for approximately two hours. NewsChannel 36 has learned speed was not a factor in the crash. The accident is still under investigation.