Originally Published: August 26, 2007 7:50 p.m.
A single-vehicle rollover accident at 1 a.m. Sunday resulted in minimal injuries for the driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, and the death of a passenger, who was not buckled in.
According to Darrin Osborne, public information officer for the Prescott Fire Department, two 16-year-old males were traveling southbound on Williamson Valley Road toward Prescott when they went off the road by a guardrail, and the vehicle rolled over.
"The driver was restrained, and he was up walking when the paramedics arrived," Osborne said. "The passenger, who was not restrained, was ejected. He was unconscious with head injuries when the paramedics found him. They launched a helicopter and flew him to John C. Lincoln Hospital, but he didn't make it."
Osborne stressed that it is a prime example of how seatbelts save lives.
"Here's a rollover accident, where one patient walks away, with minimal injuries, and one doesn't make it," said Osborne. "It was a seatbelt that made the difference there."