Tragic stories about texting and driving

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A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention by Matt Richtel

One of 2014s most original and masterfully reported books, A Deadly Wandering by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel interweaves the cutting-edge science of attention with the tensely plotted story of a mysterious car accident and its aftermath to answer some of the defining questions of our time: What is technology doing to us? Can our minds keep up with the pace of change? How can we find balance? Through Richtels beautifully constructed narrative, a complex and far-reaching topic becomes intimate and urgent--an important call to reexamine our own lives.

On the last day of summer, an ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally struck two rocket scientists while texting and driving along a majestic stretch of highway bordering the Rocky Mountains. Richtel follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the states groundbreaking prosecution (at the time there was little precedent to guide the court), and ultimately, Reggies wrenching admission of responsibility.

Richtel parallels Reggies journey with leading-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains--showing how these devices, now thoroughly embedded in all aspects of our lives, play to our deepest social instincts and prey on parts of the brain that crave stimulation, creating loops of compulsion, even addiction. A propulsive read filled with fascinating scientific detail, riveting narrative tension, and rare emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering is a book that can change--and save--lives.
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Minn. teen charged in fatal texting while driving crash

The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Spread the word: Mr Fortin has published the couple's final text messages in the hope that it might make others think more carefully about the dangers of texting while driving Emy Brochu. It was a loving text message exchange not initially intended for public consumption. Brochu," Mathieu Fortin typed to his girlfriend, Emy. From her car, she pinged him back a smitten text. Fortin replied with a smiley face and a string of 'xxes' meant to signify kisses.

Looking back, Brooke Scherer figures she knew as soon as she regained consciousness that her son was already gone. Scherer, her husband Jordan and their two children were heading north on Interstate 75 for a family trip to Ocala one afternoon in when they hit a traffic jam. Jordan Scherer braked and eased their Mazda CX-5 to a stop. Seconds later, Brooke Scherer's world went dark, and then she awoke to chaos. Her husband was slumped across the center console, foam bubbling from his mouth. Their 5-year-old daughter Mallory screamed in pain from the backseat.

Help bring focus to the dangers of texting and driving by sharing your story today. Name required. Mail will not be published required. On July 29, , as I was crossing the street in a crosswalk, in Newark, New Jersey, an SUV ran through the red light, hit me and dragged me half a block. It was around pm, and extremely hot. I felt the skin of my legs burning on the ground.

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Caysi Jaronske, 17, was in the car with Bollig on that fateful day. She told investigators that they asked Bollig to stop texting and updating Facebook multiple times while she was driving. After the crash, Bollig reportedly asked her boyfriend, year-old Deven Garlock, to lie about having been the one behind the wheel. While state police initially believed that Garlock was driving the car, DNA evidence collected from the truck recently proved that Bollig must have been the one behind the wheel. In addition, the search of the vehicle allegedly recovered a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Since the new details about the incident were revealed last week, Bollig has been charged with two counts each of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation, texting and driving, and driving without a valid license. Maurer's oldest daughter and her friend, both 15, were wounded in the crash but fortunately survived.

According to the Centers for Disease Control , nine people die every single day because of a distracted driver. Smartphone ownership statistics showcase the prominence of these devices, but what they also illustrate is the focal need for connectivity in our lives. Almost every teen has a smartphone, and this allows for constant and instant access to their social world; information and even entertainment is merely a tap away, and built in cameras snap memories that serve to document every action or inaction. Phones and devices follow everywhere, and, unfortunately, their presence even has taken a front seat in the car. So while distractions behind the wheel can be attributed to any action that displaces the importance of controlling the vehicle, the presence of smartphones has contributed greatly to the number of texting and driving deaths and other fatalities , as well as injuries and crashes on the road. Smartphones are deadly when used behind the wheel, and, for new drivers, their lure is even more worrisome. For a generation of teens who have never known a world without the internet, texting or social media, loosening the grip of the device that holds so much relevance over their lives amounts to digital detox.

A year-old woman has been sentenced to six years in prison for striking and killing two teenage girls with her car. There was no malicious intent behind this tragic auto accident. Natasha Boggs was simply texting — while she was driving. Distracted driving is an epidemic in this country, and two young women have lost their lives because one person was unable to put her phone down while she was behind the wheel. This horrific accident occurred last spring in Ohio. Natasha Boggs drifted off the road while texting and hit two teenage girls, ending their lives.

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