dropped cell phone leads to crash
On Friday, Dec. 3, a 24-year-old woman was cited for failing to stop in a safe distance after she rear-ended a vehicle stopped and waiting to make a left turn from North Bridge Street into the Linden Free Methodist Church parking lot. Linden police office Gary Conklin said the woman told the responding officer that she dropped her cell phone and as she reached for it, struck the rear of a 2011 Chevy Volt, driven by a 44-year-old man. The woman’s 2-year-old son sustained minor injuries, as his head struck the back of the front seat of her 2005 Ford Explorer. Conklin said the boy was in a safety seat; however, the seat was apparently defective. The Volt was towed from the scene. Conklin urges all motorists to avoid distractions while driving. If a driver drops a cell phone, he advises them to not reach for it until they have safely stopped the vehicle. Causing a crash by being distracted could lead to a citation for reckless driving.