Deadly Teenage Car Crash Emphasizes Need to Wear Seatbelts
|A crash in Lehi, UT, has left one 17-year-old girl dead and five teens injured when their car rolled over on Thursday night.
Maryah Hayley Edwards was driving an SUV down a road just outside of Lehi and likely traveling faster than 50 mph, according to police. The posted speed limit on the road is 20 mph.
Edwards then lost control driving at the intersection near Routes 2600 North and 300 East, which sent the car rolling.
A witness who had seen the accident helped administer CPR to Edwards until Lehi Fire Department Paramedics arrived and took over. However, the teen died shortly thereafter at the scene of the accident.
Four of six teens in the car were thrown from the vehicle, and one is in critical condition in a local hospital.
All passengers were 17 years old except for one, who was 16. In the United States, more than 21,000 people are estimated to lose their lives in vehicle accidents each year, and approximately half of all traffic accident deaths in the U.S. are teens and younger adults between the ages of 15 and 44.
Police say the driver was not wearing a seat belt and was one of the four teens thrown from the car. They are currently investigating the accident to see if drugs or alcohol were involved.
Another 17-year-old, Jayden Farrell, was also ejected from the car and sustained several injuries, including a broken back and neck and head injuries. Farrell was flown to Intermountain Medical Center for surgery and remains in critical condition.
Although their injuries were not life-threatening, two other teens ended up with a broken neck and a broken tailbone, respectively.
The sixth teen in the car, a 17-year-old from Lehi, was wearing a seat belt and walked away with minor injuries. She was reportedly the only one in the car wearing a seat belt.