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Police issue warning after teen hit by truck while texting

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A cell phone to a teenager can bring a sense of freedom similar to driving a car on their own for the first time.

But a police officer who witnessed a teenager who was texting and walking get hit by a truck is issuing a warning to others: watch out.

An Ohio State University study said injuries involving pedestrians on cell phones more than doubled between 2005 to 2010.

A Pew Research study also found that 53 percent of all adult cell phone owners admit they were involved in a distracted walking encounter (like walking into a pole).

Albany Police said 17-year-old Jazarus Fuller was texting on his cell phone while crossing Sylvester road and walked in front of a Ford F-350 and was hit.

Students say they know it's dangerous walking through the parking lot and checking texts on the campus of Darton State College, but admit they don't think about the risks much.

Others agree that while texting and walking can be dangerous, they believe their skills at doing both are higher than others.

Albany Police say walking and texting can be just as dangerous as driving and texting.

In a brief poll of students at Darton, almost all admitted they walk and text and check messages going across parking lots and streets. They said most of their classmates do too.

Because of these tendencies, police are urging people to stop in a safe place to check messages or text, and hope that everyone will consider safety more often.

For Fuller, he was said to be in fair condition at a hospital. The truck that hit him was driven by 55-year-old Randall Bentley from Sumner.

No charges have been filed.

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