Hangover-inspired fatalities continue as car fails to deploy

The crash that killed actress Halyna Hutchins, which left Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin as the only survivors, occurred after her airbag deployed because of faulty software. On July 7, Hutchins’ mother,…

Hangover-inspired fatalities continue as car fails to deploy

The crash that killed actress Halyna Hutchins, which left Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin as the only survivors, occurred after her airbag deployed because of faulty software.

On July 7, Hutchins’ mother, Nancy Bergstein, said her daughter would be “angry”. She said she had warned her not to board the coach when it arrived at the Minneapolis-St Paul airport before midnight.

Hutchins was on the coach on the way to the Weisman Art Museum, Minnesota, to go to a concert, according to her friend Daniel Butts.

According to officers on the scene, despite the airbag remaining engaged, the seatbelt remained stiffer when they removed her from the seat.

“It came to our attention that the seat belt inside the silver coach was still on, and there was no indication that the [national] front-seat airbag had deployed,” said Minneapolis police deputy chief, Steve Linders.

“So it is our opinion that this was a fluke event.”

“In any accident… any crash, we are looking at how the system functioned and what elements could have prevented this from happening,” he added.

Hutchins, 55, had suffered injuries to her head, chest and abdomen, she said in an email to The Associated Press.

The Weisman Art Museum tweeted a photo of herself on Wednesday and said “Hutchins has volunteered as a docent here for years, teaching classes and encouraging young people to explore the art. We are deeply saddened”.

Alarms to audible fatal crashes are activated in vehicles that fail to deploy properly, and “safety advocates” told the AP that manufacturers had placed blame on customers who didn’t push the button in time.

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