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Deputy Coroner, Parents Encourage Teens to Drive Safe and Wear Seat Belts

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Greenville County Deputy Coroner Kent Dill said two teens, died in two separate car accidents, all in the same week. Both were killed in Greenville County and weren't wearing seat belts. Now a community is joining together to try to prevent future accidents.

Troopers said 16 year old Kaitlyn Haynes was a passenger in a truck that over corrected and then overturned last Sunday on Jug Factory Road, near Greer. She was not wearing her seat belt and died.

Friday night 18 year old Andrew Still was driving on Haywood Road, the Highway Patrol told 7 On Your Side, and drove off the right side of the road and into several trees. Dill said he was not wearing his seat belt and was also killed.

Deputy Coroner Dill said it's important that parents talk to their children and encourage them  to always wear their seat belt. He said if you are in an accident and you stay in the vehicle, there's a greater chance you will survive.

"The belt will keep you in the safe compartment inside vehicle and in many cases that compartment is in tact. It's when you're not wearing a seat belt and something happens and you begin moving in vehicle or start out of the vehicle that's where the danger is," said Dill.

7 On Your Side also spoke with John Humphries. Humphries and his family lost their daughter Victoria last July, Troopers said she ran off the road on Highway 14 and into a creek. Her father said she was speeding home to make curfew.

"They're teenagers. They make mistakes but unfortunately when you're behind the wheel of a vehicle, a small mistake can lead to a life altering situation," said Humphries.

The Humphries family is joining forces with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and BMW.

In June they will hold a driving seminar to teach teens how to react in an accident on the BMW driving course.   For details on the seminar click here.

 

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