MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Family members said Pauline Webber wore her seat belt religiously, but police believe the buckle failed to lock on the day she really needed it.
Webber, 78, of Kearneysville, W.Va., was riding in a car that hit the back of a commercial truck on W.Va. 9 east in front of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center about 12:15 p.m. Thursday, said West Virginia State Police Trooper R.T. Dyroff.
Webber died at City Hospital just before midnight, Dyroff said.
Her husband, George Webber, 84, was driving the car and didn't see traffic ahead slowing down to turn left, Dyroff said.
George Webber, who was wearing his seat belt, escaped serious injury, Dyroff said.
George Webber told Dyroff that he saw his wife put on her seat belt that day like she always did.
When Dyroff inspected the seat belt later, he said it appeared to be functional. He believes she may have thought the belt was buckled, but the the lock didn't engage.