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Distracted driving costs Georgia cyclist his life

When most people think of distracted driving, they likely picture a driver on his or her phone. However, there is no shortage of activities that can distract a driver and lead to a deadly motor vehicle accident in Georgia. As a recent tragedy illustrates, some people take distracted driving to an extreme.

Investigators were able to find a woman who was in a vehicle the night it struck and killed a man riding a bike. The woman told authorities that she was giving the driver of the car oral sex. The driver, a 54-year-old man from Polk County, had met the woman in a bar that evening. He said he thought he had hit a stop sign, and authorities say he then left the scene of the incident.

A witness was able to get the tag of the vehicle, which led authorities to the driver. He has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death. He may face additional charges depending on the outcome of a blood test. According to reports, this is at least the eighth arrest the man has had in Polk County. In 2008, he was arrested for a DUI.

The sheriff warned people against engaging in this kind of activity behind the wheel as well as anything else that takes the driver’s focus off the road. Someone who is mentally, visually or manually distracted while driving risks not only his or her own safety, but also the safety of anyone else on the road. People who have questions concerning car accidents should consult with an attorney.

Source: Fox 5 Atlanta, “Hit-and-run driver was distracted by woman in his lap, deputies say,” Josh Cascio, Dec. 7, 2015

 

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