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Trial Begins for Fatal 2013 Hit-and-Run

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

Nathanael Eddleman, 19, if facing a felony charge of failure to stop and render aid in a fatal accident that claimed the life of a Marine veteran in 2013.

Details of the Fatal Accident

According to KXAN, Phillip Duran was killed when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Eddleman, then 17, near the intersection of 1626 FM and Kohler’s Crossing in Kyle, Texas.

Eddleman admits to being distracted by his cell phone when the accident occurred. The prosecution claims Eddleman continued on his way to a friend’s house after the accident; however, the defense alleges Eddleman did not know he had struck Duran.

Police used debris and parts found at the scene of the accident to identify and locate Eddleman.

If convicted, Eddleman faces up to 10 years in prison.

Distracted Driving Statistics

The following information was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,328 people were killed and roughly 421,000 people were injured in auto accidents that involved a distracted driver in 2012.
  • NHTSA estimates that 10 percent of all fatal crashes and 18 percent of all injury crashes in 2012 involved distracted drivers.
  • In 2012, distracted driving resulted in the deaths of 540 nonoccupants, including pedestrians and bicyclists.

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