(Riverton, Wyo.) – Alexandra Baxter wears her seat belt when she drives, and her buckled seat belt saved her life May 28 when her passenger vehicle rolled 2 1/2 times on Paradise Valley Road near Riverton.
Baxter, 20, was northbound on Paradise Valley Road when the 2001 Chevrolet Malibu drifted off the right shoulder of the roadway. Baxter overcorrected and the vehicle rolled 2 1/2 times and came to rest on its roof.
Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputy Donavon Detimore said Baxter, a 2012 Riverton High School graduate, “suffered no notable injuries as she had been properly seat-belted in the vehicle.”
Baxter married Brandon Baxter of Riverton on March 8, who is serving as a U.S. Marine in Japan. She plans to attend Central Wyoming College this fall.
“I had a long day on the day of my crash. I wasn’t paying attention to my driving, and I drifted off the road on a curve,” Baxter said. “By the grace of God, I walked away with minor cuts and bruises that have already healed.”
Baxter’s decision to wear her seat belt was the right one, and she’s a seat-belt survivor.
“I wear a seat belt, because it is stupid not to. It takes two seconds to add extra protection while you drive,” Baxter said. “Why would you not do that?”
Baxter still drives to work and other places, though she’s a more attentive driver these days.
“I’m not going to lie. I’m pretty nervous behind the wheel now. I drive more cautiously and try to take in everything while I’m driving, especially other drivers’ actions,” Baxter continued. “Just make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled. Don’t drive distracted and make sure you are fully aware of your surroundings.
“Seat belts save lives,” Baxter said.
Fremont County’s seat-belt survivor
recognition program is sponsored by Injury Prevention Resources, Wyoming Highway Patrol, Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, and Wyoming Department of Transportation. Other seat-belt survivor stories are welcomed by emailing or calling Tom Cunningham at Injury Prevention Resources at email@example.com or (307) 856-2821.