[Derek] Kieper, a 21-year-old senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, died early Tuesday morning when the Ford Explorer he was a passenger in travelled off an icy section of Interstate 80 and rolled several times in a ditch. Kieper, who was riding in the back seat of the Explorer, was ejected from the vehicle.
Ironically, Mr. Kieper had written a polemic against government mandated seat belt use just this past September:
There seems to be a die-hard group of non-wearers out there who simply do not wish to buckle up no matter what the government does. I belong to this group. . . . [I]f I want to be the jerk that flirts with death and rides around with my seat belt off, I should be able to do that, too.