The hazards on our highways caused by drivers who text or use cell phones while driving was brought to the forefront recently in Oklahoma. Two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers were hit by a driver who was texting at the time and one of the officers died. The investigation of the incident revealed that the driver had been texting with a woman he had met online while on his way to see a different woman he met on the internet. Reportedly, he had sent about 70 texts that day. The driver, Steven Wayne Clark, claims that he doesn’t remember the crash and for that reason doesn’t know exactly what happened. However, he told an investigator he may have been entering the address of the second woman into his phone for directions at the time of the incident.
It’s hard to believe, but the driver’s daughter was in the back seat at the time of the incident, which is shocking. Details of the incident became public for the first time at a sentencing hearing for the 30-year-old Clark, who pleaded guilty in August to first-degree manslaughter. Clark’s car struck two troopers at 10:16 p.m. on Jan. 31 on an Interstate highway in Oklahoma. The tragedy led to passage of the law that specifically bans texting while driving in Oklahoma, which is now in effect.
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