We’ve talked about the dangers of driver distraction before
, but here’s a little reminder to be extra careful on the road.
Tow truck driver Nicholas Sparks found himself in trouble last week
when he crashed into a car, careened out of control through a fence and
the house behind it before finally ending up with his truck in a
swimming pool. The cause of the accident? Sparks was not only text
messaging on a cell phone, but was talking on a second phone.
According to The Buffalo News
Sparks failed to notice a car that had stopped to make a turn and ran
into it with his truck, which was towing two vehicles with motorcycles
on the bed. The occupants of the car, 68-year-old Lily White and her
8-year old great-niece Kiara McDowell both sustained injuries in the
crash: White hit her head, while the young girl suffered wrist
injuries. Sparks admitted to being distracted by his two phones when
he hit the car.
After colliding with the car, Sparks’ truck flew through a nearby
yard and grazed a house, with one of the vehicles in tow colliding with
the house. The truck then broke through a privacy fence and came to
rest in the home’s backyard swimming pool.
An investigation is currently underway to confirm the charges of
reckless driving, talking on a cellular phone, and following too
closely. Investigators will examine Sparks’ phone records to make sure
he was indeed talking on the phone at the time of the incident.
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