Two deadly crashes took place in Anne Arundel County less than 12 hours apart and the common denominator was a failure on the part of the drivers and their passengers to use safety equipment, meaning seat and shoulder belts.

The first, tragically killed a toddler, who was not secured in a child safety seat and instead was sitting in the lap of a rear seat passenger. Joseph Eugene Sutherlin of Baltimore was declared dead at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, a tender three years of age.

The driver, Buck John Benny of Halethorpe, and his four other surviving passengers, were in critical condition at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. It is reported that Mr. Benny struck a tree and that none of the passengers were wearing seat belts.

The second crash killed Daniel John Sohovich ll, after his car lost control and turned over throwing him from his vehicle. He too was not wearing a seat belt. http://www.hometownannapolis.com/news/for/2011/06/09-36/Driver-dies-after-losing-control-of-car.html

It seems that so many fatal crashes involve the deadly combination of excessive speed and failure to use safety belts. It is hard to understand how a reported 16-year-old could be at the wheel of a car with four adult passengers and a toddler and yet none  were using seat belts and the child was not in a safety seat. http://www.allvoices.com/news/9346925-boy-3-dies-after-crash-that-injures-5-teens-man-killed-in-separate-arundel-accident

For more on crash prevention see: http://www.maryland-law.com/library/maryland-car-and-truck-crash-safety-its-in-the-plan.cfm

 
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