Police responded to a call about a car that crashed into a tree late on Saturday night, December 15. When police arrived at the scene of the accident – Fenton Road’s 4500 block in Colorado Springs, according to The Colorado Springs Gazette – they discovered a crashed car, a man and a severely injured woman. The man said that the driver fled the scene. An ambulance transported the injured woman to a hospital.
Police began searching for the missing driver. They discovered that the man on the scene had driven the car, but decided to lie because “he did not want to get into trouble,” according to a police news release. Police say that speed played a role in the accident, but not drugs or alcohol.
Distracted driving also played a significant role in the car accident. The driver apparently dropped his cell phone while driving, and he crashed the car while trying to find his phone on the car floor.
Types of Distracted Driving
There are three types of distracted driving: visual (looking away from the road), manual (taking hands off the wheel) and cognitive (thinking about something other than driving). This driver may have participated in all three forms when he caused this accident. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that distracted drivers caused 1,250,029 crashes so far in 2012. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), distracted drivers were responsible for 5,400 traffic deaths in 2009.
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