Two in crash were not wearing seatbelts
Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 11:22 p.m.
A Florida Highway Patrol investigation has revealed that a 16-year-old who was injured and a 10-year-old girl who died after a Christmas Eve crash on Interstate 75 in Alachua County were not wearing seat belts, troopers said.
But the other passengers in the sports utility vehicle were wearing seat belts, the investigation showed, contrary to original reports.
Avez Dames, 10, died after she was thrown from her brother's sport utility vehicle on Christmas Eve.
Marvin Dames, 19, of St. Augustine, had been driving his four sisters and a friend from South Florida to St. Johns County in the afternoon of Christmas Eve, troopers said.
Marvin Dames apparently lost control of the vehicle, witnesses told troopers, after he tried to exit off I-75 onto Williston Road.
The vehicle skidded on the rain-slick road and struck a guard rail before overturning.
Lt. Mike Burroughs, spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said Avez Dames might have survived had she been buckled up.
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