By now, we have all heard that seatbelts save lives. All states in the U.S. have passed seatbelt laws to ensure that motorists and their passengers have a better chance of surviving a crash. Unfortunately, in an accident in Turin on the morning of Saturday, July 10, 2021, two young girls failed to wear their seatbelts, and the result was tragic.
According to a report appearing on the Inform NY website, the weekend crash involving three young women has resulted in the death of one teen girl and the severe injury of a second.
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According to a Lewis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson, Julie A. Ramus was driving her 2018 Jeep Wrangler northbound on State Route 12 near Turing when her vehicle drifted off the shoulder of the roadway. Ramus lost control, causing the Jeep’s back quarter panel to strike a steel guardrail. The vehicle became airborne and rolled several times before coming to a rest.
Two teen girls who were backseat passengers in Ramus’ vehicle were ejected during the rollover crash. They had not been wearing their seatbelts at the time.
Emergency crews from 3-G Fire Department, the New York State Police, Lewis County Fire and Police, and the Turin Ambulance arrived at the crash scene. The 14-year-old was airlifted via Mercy Flight to Upstate Medical Center for leg injuries. The 15-year-old girl was rushed to Lewis County General Hospital, where she, unfortunately, died due to injuries she suffered in the crash.
Ramus was taken to Lewis County General Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.
The cause of the crash is currently under investigation by local law enforcement agencies and the New York State Crash Reconstruction Unit. So far, no charges have been filed against Ramus.
The attorneys and staff of the Friedman Law Firm wish to extend our condolences to the family and friends of the young woman whose life was so tragically lost.