Police: Other Route 4 Wreck Thursday Due to Texting
Quechee — A 22-year-old South Royalton woman faces two driving citations after crossing the center line and crashing into the guardrails along Route 4 yesterday morning while texting and driving, police said.
Authorities said her 9-month-old son was also in the vehicle, a Toyota RAV4, but neither he nor his mother were injured in the single-car accident.
Cassandra Storms was driving east on Route 4 shortly before 8:30 a.m. while using the keypad on her phone to adjust its alarm, said Hartford Police Officer Daniel Solomita. He gave the following account of the accident:
When Storms looked up from her phone, she noticed her car had drifted into the opposite lane. Another vehicle was approaching head-on, so Storms immediately swerved back into the right-hand lane to avoid a collision.
Her vehicle then crashed into the right-hand guardrail before bouncing across the center line again and slamming into the opposite-lane guardrail.
Solomita said he arrived at the accident scene about 8:30 a.m. and found Storms’ vehicle smashed into the guardrail just west of the intersection of Quechee Main Street.
The airbags had deployed, and both Storms and her baby were outside the vehicle. Both were checked out by a Hartford EMS unit. No injuries were reported.
Solomita said Storms told him she had been adjusting her phone when the accident occurred.
He wrote her two tickets: One citing her with texting and driving, the other for failure to drive on the right, which together carry potential fines totaling $370.
“I’m just really happy that nobody had to be transported away in an ambulance,” Solomita said. “This had the markings of a fatal accident.”
Solomita said Storms was lucky that there had been a gap in traffic along Route 4 when her vehicle twice crossed the center line.
“Imagine if another car was approaching at that time,” he said. “We could have had an even more serious situation.”
Texting and driving is illegal, Solomita said, and, combined with the congestion and conditions on Route 4, which has been the site of several deadly accidents this spring, all the more dangerous.
“There’s nothing safe about looking down and driving forward,” he said.
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