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Family makes plea after Sheridan teen's death

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Aaron Scaggs, 16, was killed in a crash Monday in Hamilton County. Aaron Scaggs, 16, was killed in a crash Monday in Hamilton County.
Friends have erected a memorial to Scaggs. Friends have erected a memorial to Scaggs.

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Sheridan - A Hamilton County family is grieving a lost teen and making a plea for others to buckle up.

Police blamed the single-car crash Monday in a rural part of northwest Hamilton County on excessive speed. The driver, 17-year-old Francheska Smith and her 17-year-old boyfriend were wearing their seat belts and had only minor injuries. But the backseat passenger, 16-year-old Aaron Scaggs, wasn't buckled in.

"His friends were home not long after they went to the hospital. Then they were home and he wasn't," said Cory White, Scaggs' uncle.

Investigators say that Scaggs was ejected from the car after it flipped into a cornfield. Police say Smith was driving at over 100 mph when she lost control of the red Pontiac.

A makeshift memorial to Scaggs from friends and fellow students at Sheridan High School now sits at the scene of the crash. His family, crushed by the sudden death, says that Scaggs always wore a seatbelt and say they're convinced it would have saved him.

But they are also bothered by the speed of the car before it crashed.

"It's one thing to risk your own life, but to risk other lives, it shouldn't happen," White said.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, someone is killed in a crash every 13 minutes. But it is estimated that seat belts save over 11,000 lives each year and can also help you maintain control of your car in a crash.

That is the reason why Aaron Scaggs' family is speaking out.

"Slow down, put on your seat belt, pay attention. Don't do this," White said.

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