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Georgia Toddler Killed When Texting Father Runs Him Over Twice


August 04, 2018

COLUMBUS, GA- Wrdw.com writes that a father in Georgia killed his 22-month-old son when he ran him over with his vehicle twice.*

The father, Trenton Cook, 24, says that he waited to pull into his driveway until he saw his girlfriend’s children enter their house. Then he felt a bump as he pulled in and another as he reversed. He then found out that he had driven over his toddler son, Zakai A. Cook. Zakai tragically died from injuries he sustained in the accident. 

According to data retrieved from Cook’s cell phone, the father was sending a text while pulling the car into his driveway. Police did not find any evidence suggesting that the incident was intentional. Cook is facing charges for second-degree homicide by vehicle and failing to exercise due care. Both charges are misdemeanors. 

Georgia has a new hands-free law that went into effect on July 1, 2018. The Georgia State Police have been working to enforce the new law, which prevents drivers from using their phones for the purpose of texting or emailing whilethey are operating their vehicles. Phones cannot be supported by any part of a driver’s body while they are driving. The fines for violating the hands-free law are between $50 and $150. In the one month since the law went into effect, the police report that they have issued 961 citations across the state. Additionally, the police have issued warnings to many drivers who have been caught driving while distracted. The law is meant to reduce the number of roadway fatalities that State Troopers report are happening every day. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),about ninepeople die in the United States every day from distracted driving while over 1000 people suffer injuries in these types of accidents. 

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