Israeli may have survived car crash if she had been wearing a seatbelt

January 27, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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Irit Wilder, an Israeli tourist who died in a car accident in New Zealand would probably have survived had she been wearing a seatbelt.

Irit Wilder

Irit Wilder

Christchurch coroner Richard McElrea said her death highlighted the importance of wearing a seatbelt.

The 61-yr-old Israeli high-profile businesswoman was a passenger in one of two cars en route to a ferry to cross the Milford Sound. Her husband was in the lead car which noticed that the other was no longer in sight. The car turned around and headed back down the road where they found the car carrying Mrs Wilder had hit a tree.

A police report stated that the driver had probably fallen asleep according to media reports.

Irit Wilder, 61, who was on holiday with her husband and some friends, died in 2013 when the rental car she was a passenger in left the road and collided with a tree near Te Anau.


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