Family of teen killed by carbon monoxide pushes for new emissions testing law

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Jan. 8, 2016)- The family of a teenager who died in June is determined to create stronger emissions testing laws in Indiana.

Savannah Bettis, 18, was sitting in the passenger seat of her boyfriend’s 2001 Nissan Maxima. The couple were going dress shopping at a local mall.

“We made it half way down 40 and she told me she had a headache,” said Jesse Hurt, Savannah’s boyfriend.

The Ben Davis senior quickly lost consciousness and Hurt headed for the hospital until he also passed out. The car veered off of Ronald Raegan Parkway in Avon and landed in a ditch.

“The last thing I remember is my phone just dropped out of my hands and my eyes just shutting,” said Hurt.

Initially, the details of crash were unknown, but the toxicology results came as a complete shock to the Bettis family.

“They were both overcome with carbon monoxide poising. Basically, she went to sleep because of the odorless carbon monoxide,” said John Bettis, Savannah’s father.

The silent killer now has the Bettis family making a lot of noise. They are asking lawmakers to create a bill that would create a bill requiring cars 10 years or newer to get an emissions test every other year. Older cars would be mandated to get a test every year.

“The reason we are pushing this ‘Savannah Law’ is so this doesn’t happen to anybody else,” said Bettis.

The family is now collecting petition signatures in the hopes of “Savannah’s Law” someday getting the green light.

“This law will be passed. I will not stop until it’s law,” said Bettis.

The Bettis family will be collecting signatures for a petition at the McAllister’s Deli in Avon on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

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