Police: Fatal Accident Could Have Been Prevented


BIG POOL, Md. - Police say an accident that took the life of one person Sunday morning along Interstate-70 westbound, could have been prevented. 

"Troopers arrived at the scene to discover the subject underneath the vehicle," said Senior Trooper David Thompson, Maryland State Police.

State police say Joshua Zane Finney, 24, of Hancock lost control of his vehicle around 
5:45 p.m. along I-70, and was ejected from his Chevrolet pickup truck.

"We discovered that the vehicle failed to negotiate a slight right turn in the roadway, lost control and went down into the median strip," Thompson said. "The vehicle then rolled over. The operator was not wearing a seat belt. He was ejected from the vehicle, and subsequently the vehicle landed on top of the operator, and he had died at the scene," Thompson said. 

State police stress that it is important to wear a seat belt no matter where you travel, because it can save your life in accidents like this one.

"The holidays are coming around, the nice weather, there's more people traveling on the road," Thompson added. "In this case the driver was ejected from the vehicle, and he could've been inside the vehicle still. Ultimately, the vehicle rolled on top of him, so it's very important to be restrained properly inside your vehicle."

An autopsy is being conducted, but no one else was injured in the accident. Police say speed was also a factor.

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