“Saved by the Belt” award presented to an individual who survived serious motor vehicle crash

“Saved by the Belt” award presented to an individual who survived serious motor vehicle crash
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POSTED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 10:30am

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 10:34am

Louisiana State Police and the Interim LSU Hospital, Level 1 Trauma Center will present the “Saved by the Belt” Award on behalf of the New Orleans Regional Traffic Safety Coalition today.

The award will be given to Charles Cavet of Belle Chase.

On June 27, 2011, at approximately 1:50 p.m., Cavet was involved in a crash on LA 23 in Plaquemines Parish, when his vehicle was struck in the back by another car going 73 mph. After the initial crash, the two vehicles traveled into the ditch. All three occupants of the Toyota Camry were unrestrained. The driver of the Camry was charged with DWI and Child Endangerment, First Degree Vehicular Negligent Injury (3 counts), Careless Operation, Unrestrained Child, No Seat Belt and Failure to Provide Insurance.

Cavet sustained severe injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to the Interim LSU Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center.

Cavet’s crash could have resulted in a fatality had Mr. Cavet been unrestrained, however his injuries were minimized through the proper use of the seat belt.

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