Diann M. Harding, 27, died after she was involved in a State Route 508 single-car accident near Chehalis on Monday afternoon around 2:30pm. Harding’s six-year-old passenger suffered minor injuries in the car accident.
The Olympian reports that Harding was traveling on State Route 508, 10 miles southeast of Chehalis when she crossed the centerline, went off the roadway and ran into a power pole on the passenger side of the vehicle.
Harding was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the car accident and she died on the way to the hospital. Her passenger was wearing a seat belt at the time.
Police do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident. Police are investigating whether a wild animal such as an el or driver distraction were factors in the accident.
It is a tragedy that Harding was not wearing a seat belt because it may have saved her life. Seat belts can save lives in the following ways:
- Seat belts keep drivers and passengers inside the vehicle
- Seat belts restraints the body at its strongest parts — the hips and the shoulders
- Seat belts spread the force from the collision over the body and keeps the head and upper body away from the dashboard and steering wheel.
- Seat belts protect from traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.
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