Riding in a vehicle while unbelted is against the law and puts your life at risk. Riding in the bed of a pickup truck with no restraints is purely dangerous.
Two teenage athletes were killed and four people injured in a car accident last week. The driver of the truck in which they were riding apparently lost control and flipped on State Road 189 near Sonny Barrow Road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the boys who died, ages 14 and 15, were riding in the truck’s bed.
A 12-year-old passenger was riding with the teens in the back of the truck. Three more people, including a six-year-old child, were inside the truck’s cab. Police say the 28-year-old driver attempted to pass a northbound vehicle, when the Ford F-250 suddenly spun out of control and rolled over twice into a grassy area.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver had not been wearing a seat belt and was seriously injured and hospitalized. A 32-year-old female passenger, who had seat belt protection, suffered minor injuries. The six-year-old, who had also been wearing a seat belt, was seriously injured and was reportedly airlifted to Sacred Heart Hospital.
The 12-year-old in the back of the truck was initially listed in critical condition, but was treated and released from the hospital, according to reports. The other boys riding in the Ford’s cab were taken to area hospitals, where they died from their severe injuries.
A full investigation of the accident is underway. Police report that alcohol was involved.
Source: Panama City News Herald, “Two Alabama teens killed in Baker wreck,” Angel McCurdy, 10 May 2011