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Fatal multiple auto accident closes San Diego Freeway for over an hour.

An early morning five car auto accident near the Beach Blvd. exit of the I-405 (San Diego) Freeway resulted in the death of an 18-year-old male driver and injuries to at least three others. The accident occurred just after 3:00 a.m. and closed all southbound lanes of traffic for over an hour this morning, according the Orange County Register.

Of the injured, three were taken to Western Medical Center-Santa Ana and one to UCI Medical Center in Orange.

David Fergus, the driver of a 2000 Ford Ranger was ejected from his vehicle and eventually succumbed to his injuries at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana. The article did not mention if his ejection was due to a faulty seat belt or if he was unbelted.

The article did mention that one other person was also ejected, according to Huntington Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Rick Grunbaum.

Please always where your seat belt. And please drive carefully. Auto accidents are the number one cause of death of people in David’s age range in California

Until there is a full investigation we will not know if the ejected occupants of the vehicles involved in this accident were unbelted or the victims of seat belt failures. We have handle many cases wherein the initial report states that the ejected occupants were not belted but upon further investigation the evidence indicates that their ejection was due to a seat belt failure or some other type of restraint system failure

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