November 28, 2005

Text-Messaging Blamed For Fatal Road Accident

In a follow-up of Friday's post on a serious accident due to a teenager text messaging at the wheel, today the The Washington Post reports that "the bicyclist died Friday, two days after the accident. The 17-year-old driver will probably face misdemeanor charges after allegedly losing control of his car while text messaging and hitting a bicyclist.

"We do not believe it was an intentional act, but it was inattentiveness to the roadway. The investigation showed that he was text-messaging on his cell phone" at the time of the accident, said Lt. Alan Stanton, spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Under Colorado law, the teenager could face as much as a year in prison.

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