A Cleveland teen killed on an icy highway near Shell Creek, Okla. Saturday morning could have survived the violent car crash.
News9.com in Oklahoma reports Dec. 21 that 16-year-old Brock Norton was found by a highway patrol state trooper around 12:45 a.m. Saturday...about and hour-and-a-half after his pickup slid off Highway 412 and went down an embankment. He was pronounced dead at a Tulsa hospital from his life-threatening injuries.
The Cleveland teen killed on icy Highway 412 just off 177th West Avenue, called his family earlier in the evening Friday to let them know he was on his way home from seeing a movie. When Norton did not show up at home, his family called authorities. Norton's truck had hit a guardrail, went airborne, rolled over once, and rested down an embankment.
State troopers said the road was wet and icy, adding that speed was a factor in the crash. The teen was ejected from the pickup and found several feet away from the vehicle.
It turns out the 16-year-old boy could have survived had he worn a seat belt, according to Trooper Mathew Middleton..
"The minor was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected quite a distance from his vehicle," said Trooper Middleton.
He added, "A seat belt would have been a major contributor to helping him survive this collision."
To learn that this Cleveland teen killed on an icy highway could have survived makes the story more upsetting. In not all cases, seat belts can mean the difference between life and death. This was an instance that reminds drivers how important it is to buckle up and drive slow in hazardous winter conditions.