Driving While Texting Fatalities
One auto body shop owner tells the story of a 2017 accident he witnessed involving a pickup truck and a church minibus. The operator of the truck, a 20-year-old male, was reported to police by a concerned driver who noticed him crossing the center line several times. Crossing the center line once more, the young driver, who was texting collided head-on with the minibus killing 13 people inside. Only two people were able to survive the crash, one being the driver. He was later charged with manslaughter.
But it’s not just teenagers who are guilty of texting while driving. Just this year, an Ohio mother was sentenced to 6 years in prison after her distracted driving caused her to drive over the shoulder of the road and strike three middle-schoolers. Although the driver tried to get out of the vehicle and help the teens, she was not able to save them. Two of the three teens died and the other received life-threatening injuries. Texting while driving was determined to be the cause of this accident.