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Carramar FC player Jamie Foster, who almost lost his life in a car crash

Belt Up Round: Without a seatbelt I’d be dead

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Football West will hold its second Belt Up Round across its senior competitions this weekend. The road safety initiative urging motorists to wear seatbelts is in partnership with the Insurance Commission of WA. Football West spoke with Carramar FC player Jamie Foster, who says wearing a seatbelt saved his life.

The crash which almost killed Jamie Foster was entirely avoidable. And, sadly, all too commonplace. No malice. Just a young driver, celebrating his P-Plates, showing off.

Jamie, a passenger, did nothing wrong. But it was he who bore the brunt of an accident which left him clinging to life.

2019 BELT UP ROUND

“My mate got his ‘Ps’ that morning, I hadn’t seen him in a couple of months so he decided to pick us up,” he told Football West.

“It was a hailstormy night and he just put his foot down, 100 in a 70 zone, hit a pothole in the middle of the road and that sent us to the kerb, slid the car and took out a lamppost.

“Yeah, my night got worse from there …”

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There is good reason why the Edgewater teenager’s recollection of the next few hours is understated. “I don’t remember it,” he said.

“I’ve been told I was having seizures and was lucky to be alive. Then I got rushed to hospital and was in a coma for two days.

“I was in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) for a bit, I was probably about three days in there, and about a week-and-a-half before I got out of hospital.

“I got a fractured skull. They couldn’t do surgery on me, because the bone went in near the brain so any surgery would kill me, so they just had to wait.

“I was wearing a seatbelt, that basically saved my life. If I wasn’t wearing it I wouldn’t be here.”

Former Chelsea and Arsenal keeper Petr Cech wore a head protector for over a decade after suffering a depressed skull in a Premier League match in 2006. Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images

Jamie, who turns 19 next month, was unable to play football for nine months.

“Now I have to wear one of those helmets (head protectors), like Petr Cech. There’s another guy in our team who wears one as well but I don’t like wearing it because you feel like you get targeted,” he said.

“I don’t go up for headers, just keep the ball on the floor – that’s how Carramar play … sometimes. And I take the corners!”

Jamie, who moved to Perth from Manchester in 2015, is no longer in touch with the driver of the crash.

“He had no bruises, no scratches,” Jamie said.

“I’d just say again, you need to wear a seat belt. You go out even on a dry day and you get into an accident, it can kill you if you are not wearing one. The seatbelt saved me. First thing you do, get in a car, put your seatbelt on. First rule of everything.”

The Insurance Commission of Western Australia has naming rights to the following men’s competitions:

  • Belt Up Cup (formerly the State Cup)

  • Belt Up Men’s Amateur League

  • Belt Up Men’s Amateur Cup

  • Belt Up Men’s Amateur Reserves League

  • Belt Up Men’s Amateur Reserves Cup

  • Belt Up Men’s Masters League

  • Belt Up Men’s Masters Cup

  • Belt Up Men’s Metropolitan League

  • Belt Up Men’s Metropolitan Cup