WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol says the simple act of buckling up helped save a woman who was involved in a serious car accident earlier this year.
Alyssa Tillis is thankful to be alive. In February, Tillis was hit head-on by a driver troopers believe was impaired. She credits her seat belt for saving her life.
Tillis is living proof that buckling up saves lives.
“Feb. 5 I was on my way to work and out of nowhere a truck came onto my side of the road and hit me head-on,” she said.
Tillis was driving south on State Route 534 in Newton Township. Troopers say 28-year-old Nicholas Mollohan, who was heading in the opposite direction, went left of center and crashed into her blue Dodge Sedan.
Tillis had her seat belt on, but Mollohan did not. He was critically hurt and investigators believe drugs were a factor.
“Miss Tillis is a prime example of how it could prevent major injuries and possibly a fatality by putting that simple task… by just putting that belt on in the vehicle,” said Lt. Brian Vail, Highway Patrol Warren Post commander.
Wednesday afternoon, Tillis received a special “Saved by the Belt” certificate, recognizing her decision to buckle up.
“I mean, I’m definitely grateful that I had it on because I do think it saved my life,” she said.
“Every time, every trip we should be placing that on because honestly, it does save lives,” Vail said.
According to Highway Patrol, just last year, 419 people were killed in traffic accidents where a seat belt was available but not used.