A pickup driver who admitted to taking his eyes off the road to watch a landscaping crew clear trees from the side of the highway caused a fatal rear-end collision on U.S. 321 through Gaston County, North Carolina (NC). The deadly wreck occurred on the afternoon of December 16, 2015, just south of the interchange with Hardin Road.
According to television station WBTV, the at-fault driver admitted to police that he allowed himself to become distracted while approaching a slower-moving car. The force of the crash badly injured one person in the smaller vehicle and killed the other person in the car. A preliminary charge of failure to reduce speed has been filed against the pickup truck driver. Charges for other violations may also be forthcoming following a full investigation.
This incident clearly illustrates the dangers of distracted driving. Paying attention to road conditions and traffic flow is essential, especially when traveling at highway speeds. A driver going 60 mph covers half a mile in 30 seconds. That leave little time to react when a person returns his or her focus to the task of driving after even a brief period and instantly sees a slowing or stopped vehicle immediately ahead.
Other people often pay for the negligence of distracted drivers. In Gaston County, one person lost their life and another sustained possibly life-altering injuries. Preventing such terrible consequences can be as simple as keeping one's eyes and mind on the road instead of the roadside.