Distracted driving causes crash

Driver checks cell phone, strikes parked vehicle on 14th Ave.

  • Apr. 6, 2016 7:00 a.m.

Two vehicles, a trailer and a tree were all part of a serious game of bumper cars when a 50-year-old Cranbrook woman decided to look at her phone while driving.

On April 5, at about 4:45 p.m., Cranbrook RCMP received a call of an accident on 14th Avenue where a vehicle had ended up on the front lawn of a residence. The female driver had been travelling north on 14th when she looked down at her cellphone to see the incoming call.

While looking at her cellphone she struck a parked vehicle. The airbags in the vehicle were working at the time and deployed. The vehicle then careered across the road, hit a second vehicle, and ended up next to a travel trailer.

The driver was not seriously injured but the potential was there for serious injury, to not only herself but others in the vicinity, RCMP reported in a press release Wednesday.

“14th Avenue is a busy street at any time of day but during rush hour there is the potential not only for other vehicles but young children and students to be in the area and on the sidewalks,” said Cst. Katie Forgeron.

Cranbrook RCMP would like to remind motorists that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle crashes and deaths. Leave the phone alone!