Driver seriously injured rear-ending semi as he downloads music

Published: Mar. 4, 2016 at 6:59 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 5, 2016 at 12:35 AM EST
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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta Police say a man who was seriously injured in a rear-ender wreck with a tractor-trailer rig was watching his cellphone when he crashed.

About 4:25 Thursday afternoon, Valdosta Police Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Clay Road and East Hill Avenue, in reference to a collision between a 1993 Chevrolet pick-up truck and a semi.

The investigation revealed that the driver of the Chevrolet pick-up was traveling west on E. Hill Avenue and the tractor trailer was stopped waiting to turn onto Clay Road.

The driver of the pick-up was attempting to download music on his cellular telephone and rear-ended the tractor trailer.  The driver of the pick-up, who was not wearing a seatbelt, sustained serious injuries, and was transported to South Georgia Medical Center.

"Drivers need to pay attention to the road at all times.  Cellular telephones are a distraction to drivers.  Anytime a driver looks at their cellular telephone, they have taken their eyes off of the road for about five seconds," said Captain Kari Williams. "Traveling at 55 mph, the driver will have traveled the entire length of a football field before focusing back on the roadway.  Distracted drivers are a harm to themselves and everyone on the roadway.   The Valdosta Police Department wants to warn all drivers of the hazards of distracted driving and is committed to enforcing all traffic laws to make the roadways safe for all drivers and passengers."

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