An 18 year old Maine college freshman was killed this weekend following a tragic car accident from earlier this week, reports Sea Coast News.
The young woman was driving south on Interstate 295 when she lost control of her 1995 BMW. Her vehicle crossed the median of the highway and started driving head-on toward northbound traffic. Eventually her car struck a Ford Escape headed in the opposite direction.
The driver of the Ford SUV received only minor injuries, but the young woman was rushed to a local hospital with critical injuries. She fought the injuries for several days before passing away yesterday.
After investigating the accident authorities now believer that the teen’s distraction may ultimately have been the culprit that led to the fatal accident. Police investigators discovered that the young driver had received a text message shortly before the crash. A partial response message was found among the wreckage on the victim’s phone. The text message distraction was likely compounded by the fact that it had been raining heavily that afternoons, making the roads extremely wet and slippery.
Our Chicago car accident attorneys at Levin & Perconti continue to be saddened by news of deaths on our roadways due to distracted driving. Most drivers are well aware of the risks when actions are taken that take hands and minds off of the road. However, there is a difference between understanding the actions that lead to unnecessary road risks and actually implementing changes in our driving processes to eliminate those directions. We encourage all drivers to practice safe driving techniques and to a contact a car accident lawyer any time you are harmed by a distracted driver.