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Deadly Valdosta crash becomes reminder of seat belt safety

Kasey Wright died in car crash Saturday evening on highway 41. (Source: WALB) Kasey Wright died in car crash Saturday evening on highway 41. (Source: WALB)
Samuel Fountain, a close friend and colleague of Kasey Wright and Lee Neesmith. (Source: WALB) Samuel Fountain, a close friend and colleague of Kasey Wright and Lee Neesmith. (Source: WALB)
Lee Neesmith, was passenger to Kasey Wright, and also died at South Georgia Medical Center. (Source: WALB) Lee Neesmith, was passenger to Kasey Wright, and also died at South Georgia Medical Center. (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Friends and coworkers remembered two South Georgia men Monday night who died in a car crash on Saturday in Valdosta.

Investigators said both men were not wearing their seat belts in the crash, now they hope drivers are reminded that seat belts save lives.

Samuel Fountain, who worked at Home Depot with Kasey Wright and Lee Neesmith said they were close friends.

“Them boys always had good hearts, always, they would give you the shirt off their back if they could,” said Fountain.

Wright and Neesmith died Saturday around 4:30 p.m. after their vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle failing to yield while crossing Highway 41 at Twin Lakes Road.

The car flipped over and both men were ejected from the car, neither were wearing seat belts.

“Great people man, never nothing bad,” said Fountain.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 13,941 lives were saved in 2015 from the ages five and older.

Sheriff Ashley Paulk said that more times than not, a seat belt will save someone’s life in an accident.

“In my 17 years, you will see an accident where a seat belt will not save a life, but 90% of the time at least you have a seat belt on, you would probably survive,” said Paulk  

Fountain said all he has left now are the memories.

Memories he plans to cherish from here on out.

“They would tell me 'Aey man, you still gotta do what you gotta do. You still need to stay up, still need to do this and still need to that, I know we're gone, but, still,’” said Fountain. 

Fountain also encouraged everyone to do their part and remain safe when hitting the road.

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