On Monday, March 4, 2013, a 40 year-old woman was tragically killed in a pedestrian car accident in Limerick Township. The 18 year-old driver lost control of his car and crossed over to the opposing traffic lane and struck the woman, who was jogging, from behind. The impact threw the woman's body into a nearby parking lot. The teenage driver's car ultimately crashed into a nearby utility pole.
According to a news source, the teen driver would not allow the police to search his cell phone at the time of the accident. * However, investigators were able to take the cell phone later.
Yesterday, the teen driver was arrested on charges that included homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. A marijuana pipe and marijuana were found inside of his car. According to the police, the teen driver was also texting while driving.
Last March, the Pennsylvania legislature passed the law making texting while driving illegal throughout the entire state of PA. See article: Pennsylvania Enacts Law Banning Texting While Driving
Distracted driving, including talking on the phone and texting while driving, leads to serious accidents and injuries. In the worst accidents, innocent victims are killed, like the woman in Limerick Township.
If you or a family member was a victim of a texting while driving accident, you have legal rights and are entitled to damages. Feel free to contact the car and pedestrian accident lawyers at White and Williams, LLP for more information. 877.944.8396.