Driver Texting Strike Pedestrian Walking Along United States Highway 321 in Lenoir, North Carolina
LENOIR, NC – According to an online news report at cbs17.com, a driver who authorities believe was texting while driving fatally hit a male individual who was walking on United States Highway 321 in Caldwell County. The driver is facing a charge of involuntary manslaughter.*
A driver who is believed to have been texting while driving caused the death of a man who was walking along United States Highway 321. The crash happened in mid-July. According to authorities, a 45-year-old male individual from Lenoir, North Carolina perished at the scene of the crash. The operator of the pickup truck that struck is a female, aged 32, from Patterson, North Carolina. The female driver has recently been charged with involuntary manslaughter following the investigation of the crash.
Law enforcement believe that the woman’s pickup truck veered off of the road and onto a narrow strip of grass where the male victim was walking. The accident occurred in the early morning where visibility was not hindered. It is not believed that the woman driver was impaired, but it appears that she may have been texting at the time of the accident..
“We will be looking at phone records and things of that nature,” said a trooper with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
There are no further details on the accident at this time.
In North Carolina and throughout the country, distracted driving has increasingly become one of the top causes of serious and sometimes fatal accidents. There are three forms of distracted driving, which are as follows:
- Visual distractions. This refers to something such as an event, object, or person that takes a person’s eyes off of the roadway
- Manual distractions. This refers to using a cell phone which includes texting, talking or emailing, putting on makeup, fiddling with the car’s radio or GPS system, grooming, etc.
- Cognitive distractions. This includes certain emotions such as anger and fear, as well as stress, thinking, and daydreaming.
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