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Scotts Bluff County deputy calls death in Tuesday's rollover preventable

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As the investigation in Tuesday night's fatal accident continues, Scotts Bluff County Deputy Troy Brown says if 17-year-old Salena Cochrane of Gering was wearing her seatbelt during the crash then she would still be alive.

"The wreck that she was involved in was an easily survivable accident had the seatbelts been involved," Brown, who is an accident reconstructionist, explained. "She would have not been ejected, the car would not have ran over her, on top of her. The injuries she sustained would be non-existent. She would've stayed safe in the cab of that car."

Brown says investigators have estimated that Cochrane was traveling about 55 to 60 miles per hour westbound on County Road D before losing control, causing the vehicle to rollover twice. He says speed is not believed to have played a factor.

But Brown says alcohol is suspected. Investigators are still waiting for blood results to determine what Cochrane's blood alcohol level was at the time of the accident.

According to the Nebraska Office of Highway Safety and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration, motorists are 75 percent less likely to be killed in a rollover crash if they are buckled up.
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