Teen Shares Story After Seat Belt Saves Her Life

After her seat belt saved her life one year ago, a Platteview High student is spreading the word that seat belts work.

She offered up her experience in a class presentation Wednesday.

Mackenzie Bougher remembers every detail. It was an accident that changed her life on December 5th of 2012.

“A pickup blew through a stop sign and hit the passenger side of my vehicle, and knocked out a power pole, and he passed away at the scene,” she says.

The other driver wasn't wearing a seat belt. Bougher was, and only suffered a broken thumb and concussion.

In a class report Wednesday, she shared the nightmare.

“Had I not been wearing my seat belt, guaranteed, my injuries would have been a lot worse. Nobody needed to die that night,” she told her classmates.

She's happy to be alive, but will never forget the man who died, and the daughter he left behind.

“When she falls in love and gets married, her daddy won't be there to walk her down the aisle, all because he didn't take the time to put his seat belt on,” she continued, in her speech to her classmates.

After hearing Bougher's story, her classmates understand the importance of using seat belts.

“Ever since the accident, I've been wearing my seat belt because it's just stupid to think that one accident can lead to my death or another person's death,” says Sydney Feller, one classmate.

“I used to be bad about wearing my seat belt. I never really did, and then when that happened, now I wear it every day,” says Greg Finney, another classmate.

The incident still haunts Bougher, but it helps to share her story in the importance of seat belts.

“It doesn't help that he passed away, but to know that what I went through can save other people, it makes it a little easier,” Bougher says.

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