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Cleveland teen killed on icy highway update: Minor 'not wearing seat belt'

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The Cleveland teen killed on an icy highway in Tulsa County on Saturday was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the fatal truck crash. Moreover, accident investigators say the teenager ,who died in the vehicle crash, was likely driving too fast for the hazardous road conditions, according to a Dec. 21 NewsOn6 report.

The 16-year-old Cleveland teen killed on the icy highway called his parents after leaving a movie and said he was driving home. At some point along the route, the young man lost control of his truck, hit a guard rail and went airborne before the truck came to rest in a snowy embankment.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol received missing persons report and later found the wreckage in the westbound side of Highway 412 just before 1:00 a.m.

Authorities found the lone occupant of the truck some distance away from the vehicle. He had been ejected. And despite transport to a local hospital, he was pronounced dead.

The minor was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected quite a distance from his vehicle," said Trooper Matthew Middleton, who added that speed was a factor in the death of the teenager.

A seat belt would have been a major contributor to helping him survive this collision, said Middleton.

These kinds of tragedies are always difficult to learn about, not only for the parents of the deceased, but for the first responders on the scene.

And oftentimes, the end result could have been prevented if the driver had only taken the precaution of wearing a seat belt, which has been proven to save lives.

With the Cleveland teen killed on a icy highway, authorities caution motorists to drive with caution.


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