Joe Smith killed in accident, may have been texting

    7:07 PM, Jun 13, 2012   |    comments
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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Batesville Pike is a windy, two lane road with little shoulder and trees on both sides. Tuesday night, North Little Rock police say 23-year-old Joe Smith veered off the road, hit a tree and died.

    Evidence that caused his distraction was on Smith's phone.

    "It did show some text on there. But the biggest thing is, there is a partially written text," says Sergeant Brian Dedrick who hopes this accident will be a wake-up call.

    "I'm in an unmarked car. We see people on the phone and people texting. It's gotten so common and it's the norm," says Dedrick.

    In this case, one person died, but imagine if you hit somebody unintentionally.

    "You could be charged with manslaughter," says Sgt. Dedrick.

    Justin Dawkins, 22, says he's a good driver even when he's texting.

    "I wouldn't say while I'm driving. Maybe at stop lights or something like that," says Dawkins.

    A study by the Virginia Transportation Institute says five seconds are the average time your eyes are off the road while texting. So let's do the math, when traveling at 55 miles per hours. That's enough time to cover the length of a football field.

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