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Seat belt saves Delphos woman's life, honored by state highway patrol

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Ohio State Highway Patrol recognized Kristie Hayhurst on Thursday with the "Saved by the Belt” award. Ohio State Highway Patrol recognized Kristie Hayhurst on Thursday with the "Saved by the Belt” award.
Hayhurst said she suffered injuries such as broken ribs, a fractured collarbone as well as the loss of her spleen, but it could have been worse without a seat belt. Hayhurst said she suffered injuries such as broken ribs, a fractured collarbone as well as the loss of her spleen, but it could have been worse without a seat belt.

Whether you’re driving two minutes or two hours, it’s state law to buckle up. Abiding by that law helped save one local woman’s life.

Ohio State Highway Patrol recognized Kristie Hayhurst on Thursday with the "Saved by the Belt” award. Only six people have received this award in the last three years. On June 8th, Hayhurst was involved in a crash that officers said could have been life-threatening, if not for wearing a seat belt.

"I know that that story could have been drastically different," Lt. Tim Grigsby said of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. "We handle crashes. Unfortunately, we’ve had nine deaths in the post’s area just this year. Some of them not wearing seat belts where the damage to the vehicle were much less severe than Kristie’s crash."

Hayhurst said she suffered injuries such as broken ribs, a fractured collarbone as well as the loss of her spleen, but it could have been worse without a seat belt.

"It’s kind of like getting dressed to me," Hayhurst said. "It’s one of those things that if I get behind the wheel I ask everyone in the car with me to wear their safety belt. Their life is in my hands when I get behind that wheel."

Hayhurst was with her niece during the accident on State Route 66. She doesn’t know what happened, but her car flipped 6 times and struck a pole. Now she is using her misfortune to help others.

"I actually brought this up on my Facebook page when this happened and when I got home, just to see the people now that are telling me that they’re wearing their safety belts just because of my accident, that’s just like a miracle in itself," said Hayhurst. 

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