Seat belt prevents serious injury for woman cited for not wearing one earlier that same day


DUMMERSTON -- A New Hampshire woman involved in a two-vehicle accident escaped serious injury, Thursday, and credits the Windham County Sheriff's Department with saving her life.

On May 22, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the Vermont State Police responded to Vermont 30 at Stickney Brook Road for the report of a two vehicle accident. Troopers determined Kayla Tomasauckas, 18, of Vernon, was traveling north on Route 30 when she was unable to stop for a vehicle stopped in front of her. Elizabeth Parker, 27, of Alstead, N.H., was stopped in traffic waiting for a vehicle in front of her to make a left-hand turn when she was struck from behind by Tomasauckas. Both operators were taken to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

As it turns out, Parker had been stopped earlier in the day, by Deputy First Class Mike Roj, and cited for not wearing a seat belt.

"I would like to thank everyone that helped, yesterday, and the officer who pulled me over that morning for no seat belt," Parker posted on the Windham County Sheriff's Department's Facebook page, Friday. "I was wearing it when my car was hit. I never thought I'd be thanking God for the pain I'm in."

The Sheriff's Department responded to the post later in the day: "While we don't take joy in issuing tickets, it's a story like this that reinforces why we do what we do!"

Dummerston Fire Department, Brattleboro Fire Department, Rescue Inc., Brattleboro Police Department and the Windham County Sheriff's Department assisted at scene.


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