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Barberton teen recognized for wearing seatbelt during February crash in Stark County

Bella Parker, who was involved in a crash on Feb. 27, was honored by the OSHP on May 21.
Bella Parker, who was involved in a crash on Feb. 27, was honored by the OSHP on May 21.(Source: Ohio State Highway Patrol)
Published: May. 21, 2022 at 3:28 PM EDT
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BARBERTON, Ohio (WOIO) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol recognized a Barberton teen on May 21 after she was saved from potentially life-threatening injuries by wearing her seatbelt in a crash in February, according to Lt. Leo Shirkey of the OSHP.

Bella Parker was involved in a crash on Feb. 27 when her car rolled over after driving off the road near State Street in Stark County, a news release said.

Bella had her seatbelt on which prevented her from “sustaining serious injuries,” Lt. Shirkey said.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Brett Claxon presented her with a “Saved by the Belt” certificate signed by Ohio Department of Public Safety officials.

“Bella is a living testimony to the effectiveness of safety belts,” Sgt. Claxton said. “Everyone needs to buckle up every trip, every time.”

Bella was also given a “Saved by the Belt” license plate bracket as the newest entry to the “Saved by the Belt” Club, a joint effort by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and over 400 Ohio law enforcement agencies designed to recognize those who benefited from their decision to wear their seatbelts.

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