We all know the dangers associated with texting and driving and there have been several accidents to prove just how bad it is to be distracted by a phone while behind the wheel. Several states have laws against texting and driving and some don’t even allow you to talk on the phone while driving.
The latest case involving texting and driving is a tragic one. Twenty-four-year-old Natasha Boggs has been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, and tampering with evidence after she killed two teenage girls while texting behind the wheel. Fourteen-year-old girls, Taylor Galloway of Akron and Amber Thoma of Coventry Township were killed by the impact of Boggs’ vehicle after she drifted over the fog line, striking the two girls and a 15-year-old boy. The boy is in critical condition.
Galloway was pronounced dead at the scene and Thoma was rushed to Akron General Medical Center where she later died from her injuries. There was another boy who had been walking with the group, but he managed to escape the accident.
According to a neighbor, local teens often walk that stretch and they are on the very corner of the road as there are no sidewalks.
This was a tragic accident that could’ve easily been prevented if Boggs’ had simply put her phone aside while driving. Instead, two lives were taken, leaving a rippling effect of sadness of friends and family members of the girls. Both of the girls had been getting ready to graduate with their fellow eighth-grade classmates just two days after the accident.
‘Anyone who got a chance to know Amber couldn’t help but to fall in love with her,” said a Thoma family friend. “Our hearts are all heavy grieving the loss of our beautiful brown-eyed-girl.”
Friends and family members of the girls have set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the funerals.
Boggs’ arraignment is scheduled August 9 in Summit County Common Pleas Court.
Commenters expressed their angst about texting and driving…
“I don’t understand what is so important that you have to text while driving? PULL OVER AND TEXT if you have to!!! It can wait!! I have been driving, heard my phone go off…..kept driving……got to my destination and then parked my car and THEN looked at my phone!!! It took me 15 minutes to get to my destination and the message on my phone was the same!! Just no excuse to text and drive…NONE.”
If you drive then there is a good chance you’ve witnessed others fiddling with their phones on the road. Some learn from their mistakes…
“My better half drives a truck for work. He said about 95% drivers are texting and driving. He’s had near misses at least once a week. They just mosy into his lane, he pulls his horn and he’s close enough to see them startle. I texted and drove once. I glanced up to see a red light and 3 cars sitting there. I laid my brakes on and had to edge onto the side to ensure I was stopping. I got flipped the bird. I nodded at them like, yes I’m a dolt. I tossed my phone into the back as far as I could. Never have even fiddled with the radio while driving anymore. You gotta be on your toes.”