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