A fatal crash near Carl Junction, Missouri, claimed the life of 18-year-old Cory Gilbert four days after the fact and left his family in a difficult financial position, according to a report from television news station KOAM.
Police told the TV station Gilbert lost control of his car on the evening of Friday, January 14 while driving on state highway 171 about a half-mile east of Carl Junction. He hit the guardrail and skidded, bringing him into the path of another vehicle, this one driven by James Cawyer, 36.
While Cawyer was fortunate to escape with minor injuries, the CBS affiliate said, Gilbert was fatally injured, dying four days after an ambulance rushed him to a Joplin hospital. Crucially, police told the news outlet, Gilbert was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
His family is now looking for financial assistance in making funeral arrangements, KOAM said, since Gilbert did not have a life insurance policy which would have covered such things.
Experts say that even for young adults, a life insurance policy can be critically important, ensuring families aren't left to shoulder additional costs.