Teen Credits Seat Belt With Saving Life In Crash

PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Ill. (CBS) — A 17-year old survivor of a deadly car crash credits a seat belt with saving his life last weekend.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Daniel Ascencio, 17, said he put on his seat belt when a friend who was driving would not slow down, and the car was shaking.

Ascencio tells the Daily Herald he and three friends were drunk when a car they were in smashed into two trees in Prospect Heights early Saturday. Ascencio’s friends were thrown from the stolen car and killed.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Ascencio told the newspaper the sight of his dead friends will be burned in his memory for life. He said he was not told the car the group was in was stolen until they were already speeding and it was too late to get out.

The stolen 2002 Honda Accord came sailing across the road around 3 a.m. Saturday, landing just feet away from a nearby home in the 100 block of Camp McDonald Road.

Killed in the crash were Freddy Najera, 16, of Mount Prospect, and Elibeth Solis, 16, and Jessica Ferrera, 15.

Toxicology tests are set to be performed on the deceased victims at the Medical Examiner’s office.

  • johnw

    The parents who allowed their teenagers to be out at 3:00AM should be in jail.

    • Oolliiee Ppeerriinnaa

      I agree

  • Joe Patroni

    It’s great he was wearing a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt. He needs to keep his mouth shut. He could and should be charged with posession of a stolen motor vehicle. There are kids from the inner city that are charged with this even when they “claim” to not know the car was stolen.

  • FR

    The car might have been equipped with the security system that deactivates the brakes and floors the gas. It doesn’t prevent the car theft in progress, it prevents the next one.

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/06/24/survivor-charged-in-crash-that-killed-3-in-prospect-heights/ Survivor Charged In Crash That Killed 3 In Prospect Heights « CBS Chicago

    […] The surviving teen has been identified in previous reports as Daniel Ascencio. In a report earlier this week, he credited his seat belt with saving his life when three other friends were killed. […]

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