Cell phone user killed in head-on wreck at Louetta and Haude in Houston

According to police investigators a young man was driving doubly distracted last night when he got into an accident that claimed his life. The 18-hear old driver was talking on his cell phone and looking out of his driver’s side window speaking with a friend who was driving alongside him. The young man made a last minute maneuver to avoid a car and wound up traveling in oncoming lanes, at which time he collided head-on with a couple in an SUV traveling from the opposite direction. Sadly the 18-year old was killed instantly. The couple in the SUV were taken to hospital to be treated. The collision was at Louetta and Haude in North Harris County.

Cell phone distraction causes 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year, according to the publisher of the quarterly journal Human Factors, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. A study by the University of Utah titled “Fatal distraction: A comparison of the cell-phone driver and the drunk driver” found that cell-phone drivers showed MORE impairment than drunk drivers.