Football Stars Neglect of Seatbelt Turns Tragic

car crashWhile watching the evening news after your primetime show, it is always painful to hear about the tragedies that have happened that day. Listening to the evening anchor tell you that talent and possibility came to a crashing halt due to one wrong turn can bring great sadness.

You might know exactly what kind of sadness I am talking about if you heard about college football star Philip Lutzenkirchen’s death in late June. The former Auburn tight end perished upon being ejected from the Chevy Tahoe.

23-year-old Lutzenkirchen was not wearing a seatbelt. Passengers in the vehicle included Lutzenkirchen, Joseph Davis, and two 20-year-olds. Three of the four passengers were ejected from the car, two of those passengers killed, and one left in critical care.

One of those ejected was the driver, Joseph Davis, a University of Georgia basketball player who passed away at the scene. Davis failed to stop at an intersection, causing the car to uncontrollably careen 451 feet through a yard. The vehicle flipped multiple times before finally winding up on the roof. Investigations are currently underway to determine whether or not Davis was intoxicated while driving the vehicle.

These young lives may have been saved if they had been wearing seatbelts. Unfortunately, this crash only increased already daunting automotive safety statistics. According to the CDC, 53 percent of passengers and drivers killed in auto accidents are not wearing their seatbelt.  Also, when you aren’t wearing a seatbelt, you are much more likely to be ejected from the car during a crash.

At McMenamin & McMenamin, PS it saddens us greatly that Lutzenkirchen and his friends suffered this tragic fate, especially at such a young age. We offer our great condolences to the families and friends of these young men and women, while also pleading you to wear your seatbelt—it may just save your life.
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