Seatbelts, child safety seats save lives

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Glenn County Observer

Not only do seatbelts save lives, so do child and infant safety seats.

At about 2:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, emergency responders were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 162 at County Road D.

According to the California Highway Patrol, S. Rai, 22, of Yuba City, was driving his 2022 Freightliner north on County Road D, approaching the intersection of Highway 162.

Meghan Cohan, 30, of Willows, was driving her 2020 Chevy Tahoe west on Highway 162, approaching the intersection at Road D.

Rai came to a stop at the stop sign, but for unknown reasons after he stopped, he failed to yield to westbound traffic on Highway 162 and entered the intersection directly into the path of Cohan.

The front of the Freightliner collided into the left rear of the Chevy Tahoe.

According to CHP Officer Jaime Vasquez, only Cohan sustained any injury, and it was minor (complaint of pain).

Although an ambulance had responded to the scene, she declined to be transported.

Her two children (Madelyn Cohan-Howole, 8, and Emmett Cushman, 3 months) were also in the Tahoe but were uninjured, as was the driver and sole occupant of the Freightliner.

All safety equipment (seatbelts and child safety seats) was in use in both vehicles.

Neither alcohol nor drugs were factors in this accident, and there were no arrests.

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