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Cellphone Use is Likely Cause of Fatal Accident

Jonathan Hernandez7 months ago

Police believe they know the cause behind a fatal car accident that happened on Monday.

Details about the Fatal Car Accident

WJLA News is reporting that police say they believe a young woman who was killed in a car accident died because she was using her cellphone while behind the wheel.

According to Maryland State Police, they responded to an accident in the area of Interstate 70 East near mile marker 21, for a single-vehicle collision on Monday morning at about 9 a.m. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, they found a maroon 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer that was crashed into a tree.

Police believe that the Chevrolet Trailblazer somehow left the roadway and went into the center median, before it slid across the grassy surface and eventually hit a tree head-on before coming to a rest.

A preliminary investigation into the accident revealed that the driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old Jessica Dones, was traveling erratically and was likely on her cellphone while driving just before leaving the roadway. Witnesses of the accident also testified to seeing the vehicle moving erratically.

The woman was taken to Meritus Medical Center where she later died as a result of her injuries.

According to police, there was no one else in the vehicle at the time of the accident, and no other vehicles were involved in the collision.

Important Information about Distracted Driving Accidents

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are thousands of wrongful deaths of people involved in distracted driving accidents every year in the United States:

  • A total of 3,179 people were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2014.
  • During the same year, a total of about 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers.
  • At any given daylight moment in the United States, there are about 660,000 drivers who are using a cellphone or other electronic device while driving. 

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