We’ve all seen those “It Can Wait” billboards and bumperstickers, but just how pervasive is the No Texting While Driving movement?
Smart phones are so deeply integrated in today’s society, it almost seems second nature to check that little red notification bubble as soon as it pops up, even while behind the wheel. However, texting (or being on your phone at all) while driving is extremely dangerous. Every second you take your eyes off the road is a gamble, and when lives are at risk, the stakes could not be higher.
Earlier this month, 33 year old was charged with 8 felonies, all caused by using her phone while driving. The official forensic examination from the Stephenville Police Department found that “Litwin was engaged in multiple iMessage exchanges and electronic communications through one or more smart phone applications in the minutes leading up to the [crash].”
Litwtin rear-ended into the vehicle of Carrie Sackett, also 33, who was driving home with her two daughters. The collision propelled Sackett’s SUV into the intersection, where it was struck on the passenger side by a Chevy pickup truck. Both of Carrie’s daughters, five-year-old Codie and nine-month-old Charli Sackett, died at the scene.
One of Litwin’s 8 felonies is one count of tampering with evidence. After the crash, she deleted several text messages to try to hide evidence from investigators. The other felonies charged were two counts of manslaughter, four counts of endangering a child, and one count of aggravated assault. Not to mention she was driving with a suspended license.
All for the sake of a few notifications, the Sackett family now has the rest of their lives to cope with this horrific tragedy that occurred just three weeks before Christmas.
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