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Facebook-surfing driver rams into car at 85mph, killing elderly woman

Yet another senseless death because people feel that their online lives are so important that they need to continue texting and browsing even when driving. This time, a 20-year-old driver killed an elderly woman while speeding at 85mph and browsing Facebook.
September 8, 2014
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Back in April we reported on a not-so-remorseful driver that ran into a cyclist, causing some pretty serious damage to the person. We wish we could say this was an isolated incident and that these kind of things don’t happen that often, but we’d be lying. Texting and driving is one of the biggest killers on the road today and it happens just about everywhere across the globe.

The latest story is of a 20-year-old woman from North Dakota that was driving at 85 mph while simultaneously browsing photos on Facebook and texting. Not paying attention to what she was doing, the woman slammed into the back of an SUV killing the front-seat passenger, 89-year-old Phyllis Gordon. Apparently the 20-year-old driver made no attempt to brake, suggesting she hadn’t been looking at the road at all. The woman is being charged with negligent homicide.

Was that Facebook photo or those texts worth killing someone’s grandmother (the victim had eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren) and ruining your own life? No, no it wasn’t — and yet we’ll continue to hear many more reports like this in the future we are sure. When are people going to wake up and think before driving? Or will it take a drastic measure like integrating technology that disables our phones while driving before this problem is finally solved?