Passenger in deadly car crash hangs ‘buckle up’ signs at Somerset Berkley High School in honor of friends

Salamone, the lone survivor, was the only one wearing a seatbelt.

SOMERSET, Mass. (WLNE) — Four new “buckle up” signs are now hanging up at Somerset Berkley Regional High School.

That message is what John Salamone calls — simple but lifesaving.

In March of 2020, Salamone and his two best friends, Devyn Crosby and Christian Couto, were leaving a friend’s house in Berkley.

“We went down a street, it was a hard S-curve and we ended up spinning and hitting a tree. I was the only one with my seatbelt on,” Salamone said.

Crosby, a back seat passenger, and Couto, the driver, died. Both victims were not wearing a seatbelt.

“We hadn’t even been out of school for a year yet… I think it’s important to tell people that you’re not invincible, especially kids in high school. We had just graduated and we were on top of the world, it was a fluke thing that no one expected,” Salamone said.

The signs were purchased with funds raised in honor of the two victims from the The Kailee Mills Foundation of Texas. According to the foundation, 16-year-old Mills died after the car she was riding in veered off the road.

Seconds before the crash, Mills had removed her seat belt to take a picture with her friend. She was the only one in the car without a seatbelt on.

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