Seatbelts And Alcohol Lead To Deadly Fiery Crash
In 2018, the national seatbelt use was 89.6% of drivers and passengers. The use of seatbelts saved approximately 14,955 lives in 2017. In 2017, there were 37,133 people killed nationwide in automobile accidents. Of those, it was determined that 47% were not wearing seatbelts. In the front seat of a passenger car, buckling up can reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45%. It also reduces the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50%. For light trucks, buckling up reduced the risk of death by 60% and the risk of moderate to critical injury by 65%.
According to statistics, teenagers are most likely to drive or ride in vehicles without buckling up. That’s part of the reason why this latest crash was so terrible. The Buffalo News reports on an accident where a car burst into flames, claiming the life of a teenager. The crash occurred Sunday morning at about 5:23 a.m.
West Seneca Police and first responders arrived at the crash scene at the corner of Langner and Fisher Roads. There, they confronted a 2006 Pontiac G-6 that was on its roof and in flames. The driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old Tyler Wackowski, had been traveling south on Langner Road when the vehicle left the road, hit a stump, and onto its roof.
Five passengers escaped the flames and informed the police that Wachowski was still in the vehicle. An attempt was made to pull him from the wreckage, but the heat of the flames drove the rescuers back.
The other passengers in the car included three 17-year-old boys as well as a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old girl. All were taken to the hospital for treatment. Everyone but the 17-year-old girl had been released. At least three of the passengers informed the police that they were not wearing seatbelts. Investigators are still investigating the crash, but they do believe that speed could have been a factor. The damage to the vehicle was too severe to tell if Wackowski had been buckled in.
There were also empty beer and liquor containers inside the car and scattered outside the vehicle.