The man who died following a single-car crash in rural Sonoma County, California, was identified on Tuesday, October 13th. The Sonoma County Coroner’s Office revealed the name of the victim as Shawn Hart, a 49-year-old Santa Rosa resident.
The California Highway Patrol stated in the car accident report that first responders found the victim next to his Hyundai sedan on Sunday, October 11th. They located him a few hours after the crash on River Road west of Trenton-Healdsburg Road.
A preliminary investigation uncovered that Hart’s car struck a mailbox, went down an embankment, and struck a tree. The man was not wearing a seatbelt, and the impact of the collision ejected him from the vehicle.
The investigation into the accident is ongoing; the investigators want witnesses to come forward. Anyone with credible information should contact the CHP Santa Rosa area office on the listed line.
Motor vehicle accidents can result in minor, severe, or fatal injuries depending on the collision force. The latter would also determine if a person not wearing a seatbelt would get ejected from the vehicle.
The California Vehicle Code stipulates that all occupants of a car from 16 years and above must wear a seat belt when in transit. Those with minors as passengers must install a child safety seat and ensure the child is adequately strapped inside.
Failure to obey this rule amounts to an offense and a base fine of $20 for the first offense and $50 for the second and subsequent contraventions. The offender would also pay additional court costs and assessment fees.
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