A Teen Texting and Driving Tragedy

nashHere is another sad example of why you should not text and drive.  Especially if you are a new driver.

16 year old Savannah Nash was killed last week in a car crash, in what has been described as her first solo drive.  Found in the crash was her cell phone with an unsent text message.

From the Christian Post:

A young girl who had just received her driver’s license was killed as she was traveling to the grocery store to pick up food for her family.

Savannah Nash turned 16 last week and on Thursday received permission to take the car and drive to the store in Harrisonville, Mo., but the young girl never made it home.

Local reports indicate investigators believe Nash was trying to make a left-hand turn on the two-lane Highway 7, but she pulled out in front of a 2003 Freightliner semi-tractor trailer, who was unable to slowdown or avoid a collision. The semi-truck slammed into the driver’s side, according to WAFB.

Investigators also found a cell phone with an unsent text message and are trying to determine if driver distraction played a role in the crash. The increase in driving while texting accidents has spurred educational outreach to young drivers, but it still a leading cause of traffic accidents.

There was a text message that was on her phone, however it was not sent yet,” Sgt. Bill Lowe of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told The Democrat-Missourian. “That is a probable contributing circumstance to the crash. That’s all part of the investigation.”

5 thoughts on “A Teen Texting and Driving Tragedy

  1. The end result of the investigation was that Savannah was NOT texting while driving. Her view of oncoming traffic was blocked by road construction vehicles that were parked along the shoulder of the road. The investigation changed focus to the construction company. Using Savannah’s picture and story like this is hurtful to her family.

      • I am not in possession of a copy of the final report. My brother has that as it was his daughter. But I am sure that if you were able to obtain the initial reports, you must be able to obtain final reports as well? No? Then perhaps you should back off until you have all the facts. The legal case against the companies at fault is still in progress. If you are truly a lawyer, then you should know that people are innocent until proven guilty in this country. The onus is upon you to prove that Savannah was guilty and you can’t do that because she wasn’t.

      • Look, I should say that I believe that accidents caused by texting while driving are tragic and yes, we all want them to stop. My point here is that you used my niece’s picture and a condemning headline for your own purposes. It is hurtful to Savannah’s family and to all that knew her. It wasn’t right to do it and it wasn’t fair. I’m sure there are plenty of other stories out there where texting while driving was confirmed as the reason for the crash. Even in the police quote that you shared in the article, the police plainly uses the words, “probable cause” pending investigation. That quote was made at the scene of the accident before any “investigating” had even begun.

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