Connecticut woman accused of fatal texting car crash

Friday July 19, 2013

Texting while driving is reckless, dangerous and can lead to serious motor vehicle accidents involving injury and death. According to Police in Connecticut, a 24-year-old woman was driving a car that hit a man who had been on his motorcycle, stopped at a traffic light. The woman reportedly turned herself in to police after learning of a warrant that was issued for her arrest.

When drivers make the decision to send or receive a text message or browse a web page while driving, they do not just endanger themselves or the passengers in their car. Everyone who is on the road with the texting driver could potentially be in danger of becoming involved in a crash. Although texting and driving has been proven to be extremely dangerous and has been made illegal in the state of Connecticut, some drivers disobey the rules and continue to text behind the wheel. These drivers are at significant risk of causing a serious motor vehicle accident.

According to Connecticut police, an officer, who saw the automobile accident and hurried right over to help the victim, never saw the driver hit her brakes or slow down. The officer reported that the driver was checking a web page seconds before she felt the impact of her car hitting the man on the motorcycle.

The man on the motorcycle wasn’t wearing a helmet and was thrown from his bike. He suffered a severe brain injury and one of his legs was partially amputated. He died three days later.

The woman was charged with operating a motor vehicle while using a hand-held device, operating an unregistered vehicle, and second-degree manslaughter.

Texting while driving can be disastrous. Whether the driver was viewing a picture, sending an e-mail, reading a text, writing a text message or focusing on any other cell phone or electronic activity while driving, it was careless and negligent. Knowledgeable attorneys will work to demonstrate this negligence and help recover the compensation deserved for injuries and suffering following a cell phone-related automobile accident.

Source:  Wfsb.com, “Woman accused in deadly texting crash appears in court” Steven Yablonski and Jill Konopka, Jul. 15, 2013

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