Texting while driving possibly caused deadly crash

Story Highlights:
One dead in Rochester car accident
Motor vehicle collision caused by texting while driving
State Route 12 shut down for over 3 hours



Date: February 18, 2011, 02/18/2011
Location: Rochester, Thurston County, Washington
Type: Car accident, Motor vehicle collision
Outcome: One dead

While driving on State Route 12 near Rochester on Friday evening, Ashley R. Davis-Jones, 22, was killed in a head-on crash when she crossed the center line and hit a truck. The truck driver was uninjured.

State troopers found Davis-Jones' cell phone open on the floor of her car and determined that she was texting just before the collision occurred, which would also explain her erratic driving.

The incident shut down both directions of State Route 12 for several hours.

Texting While Driving Accident Statistics
According to the texting while driving death statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 5,870 people died in car crashes in 2008 alone. The same statistics revealed that 515,000 people were injured in various car crashes in the United States. Around 28 percent of all crashes in 2008 were caused by drivers in the age group of 18 and 29, who admitted to texting while driving.

Washington State Texting While Driving Law
A person operating a moving motor vehicle who, by means of an electronic wireless communications device, sends, reads, or writes a text message, is guilty of a traffic infraction. A person does not send, read, or write a text message when he or she reads, selects, or enters a phone number or name in a wireless communications device for the purpose of making a phone call. Read RCW 46.61.668 for more information.

Seattle Car Accident Attorneys
This accident should never have happened, and was entirely preventable. Chris Davis and everyone at the Davis Law Group sends out their heartfelt condolences for the family and friends of Ashley R. Davis-Jones, the young woman who was lost in this tragic accident and hope they can find a knowledgable wrongful death lawyer that will help settle their case and get them the compensation they deserve for suffering such a tragic loss.


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