Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sharing space with morons

This just showed up on the Drudge Report...

Driver texts, talks, hits car, crashes into pool

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Police said a Buffalo-area tow truck driver was texting on one cell phone while talking on another when he slammed into a car and crashed into a swimming pool. Niagara County sheriff's deputies said 25-year-old Nicholas Sparks of Burt admitted he was texting and talking when his flatbed truck hit the car Wednesday morning in Lockport.

The truck then crashed through a fence and sideswiped a house before rolling front-end first into an in-ground pool.

The 68-year-old woman driving the car suffered head injuries and was in good condition. Her 8-year-old niece suffered minor injuries.

Sparks was charged with reckless driving, talking on a cell phone and following too closely. It couldn't be determined Thursday morning if he has a lawyer.

(Story here.)

I would use this as evidence that we need a phoning-while-driving law, but notice... he was charged with talking on a cell phone. It's already illegal in NY!

It is truly sobering to think I might be riding down the road and encounter somebody with such extraordinarily poor judgment, behind the wheel of a multi-ton lethal weapon.

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