Jonathan Kelly Sabo, 24, Janika Rogers, 17, Asija Johnson, 16, and Latrice Adetrica Tucker, 22 16, Killed Without Seat Belts in Alabama Automobile Accidents.
Four more young adults have died in single-vehicle automobile accidents from injuries that might have been prevented had they been wearing seat belts. Jonathan Kelly Sabo, was driving a 1996 Chevrolet C1500 when he left the roadway and struck an embankment, overturning and partially ejecting him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 24 years old. Janika Rogers, 17, and Asija Johnson, 16 from Fort Midchell were both killed when their pickup truck lost control, crashed into a tree, and burst into flames in the mid afternoon hour of 3pm. Neither girl was wearing a seatbelt. The pickup, a 2000 Dodge Ram , was being driven by 17-year old Deontae Jamal Gillis was taken to the Midtown Medical Center in Columbus. The extent of his injuries are unknown. Latrice Adetrica Tucker, 22, was not wearing her seatbelt when the car she was driving, a 2000 Mazda Protégé collided head-on with another automobile, at around 10 a.m. on U.S. 431 near LaFayette. Miss Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene. Such an epidemic of deaths in a small area of one state cries out for attention. Alabama’s seat belt laws are practically non-existent as the failure to use a seat belt is treated as only a secondary offense and the penalties and fines are light. It’s about time that Alabama caught up with the rest of the nation and started to treat the failure to use a seatbelt as a serious crime. If you have lost a loved one as a passenger in a vehicle driven by a negligent driver, you may be able to sue the driver’s insurance company and collect compensation for medical and final expenses as well as potential lost income and pain and suffering. Give us a call today. If you have been a victim of an automobile accident in Alabama, do not hesitate to call our skilled and experienced car accident attorneys for a free assessment of your situation. Call now 1-800-752-1998 or 256-534-3435. We are here to help.