Paralyzed Teen Dies In Business-80 Crash
Victim's Brother Survives; Was Only One Wearing Seatbelt
POSTED: 6:22 p.m. PST November 11, 2003
UPDATED: 10:38 a.m. PST November 12, 2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- One person was killed and three others sent to a Sacramento hospital after their sport utility vehicle flipped Monday night on a Business 80, and the only one of the passengers who made it home Tuesday was wearing a seatbelt during the crash.

Eastbound traffic on Business 80 near the Marconi Avenue curve was at a standstill following the crash Monday night, where four of the five people in the car were not wearing seatbelts.

Three victims suffered critical injuries. The other victim, 18-year-old Thomas Omid Sadeghi (pictured, right), was killed. He was paralyzed from an accident last year.

Sadeghi's 16-year-old brother was the only person in the vehicle to escape without major injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.

Witnesses said the car was speeding and driving dangerously when it swerved to avoid another car.

"This is a tragedy that somebody did die," California Highway Patrol spokesman Max Hartley said. "But it's also a tragedy that this person did not have a seatbelt on."

The 20-year-old driver in the crash is listed in critical condition at the UC Davis Medical Center. Authorities said that if the accident was his fault, he could be charged with manslaughter.

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