Seatbelts could have prevented 3 Boston U students' deaths
ROTORUA, New Zealand (AP) - Three Boston University students who were killed last year in New Zealand when their minivan rolled might have survived if they were wearing seatbelts, police said on Wednesday.
Constable Tina Mitchell-Ellis told a coroner's court that the three who died and a fourth who suffered brain trauma in last May's accident were not wearing seatbelts and were thrown from the van. She said four others who were wearing seatbelts suffered only minor injuries.
The students were in New Zealand on a study-abroad programme and were driving to the start of a scenic hike.
Driver Stephen Houseman last year pleaded guilty to careless driving and was disqualified from driving for six months.