A driver who allegedly thought nothing of typing out text messages while simultaneously operating a 4,800-pound vehicle is the reported cause of a fatal crash that killed a 53-year-old mother and seriously injured her husband and 16-year-old daughter.
The accused texting driver, 42, was arrested after police say his GMC Envoy rear-ended the victims’ Pontiac van while traveling westbound on U.S. 64. He is charged with texting while driving and failure to wear a seat belt. Authorities say additional charges – potentially vehicular manslaughter – could follow.
“We know that this is against the law,” the woman’s husband told a local news station shortly after his release from the hospital. “Yet we still have people out there that do those same things every day.” Continue reading