Driver Admits to Texting While Driving in Deadly Marion County Crash

A driver in a pickup was killed when a man driving a 2006 Ford F350/box truck lost control of his vehicle and slammed into him on U.S. 27.

The southbound Ford box truck was in the right lane when he veered onto the right shoulder of U.S. 27 and struck a sign. The driver then overcorrected and careened over the median of the highway, ending up in the northbound lanes. He struck the passenger side of the 2011 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup, which, upon impact, veered off the road and onto a grassy shoulder where it rolled over and came to rest on its roof.

The victim was pulled out of the pickup by Marion County rescue workers and flown to Shands Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The victim had not been wearing a seatbelt, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The driver of the box truck, who suffered no injuries, admitted that he had been texting before he lost control of his vehicle and caused the Florida cell phone car crash.

Although it wasn’t indicated if FHP had cited the box truck driver, there is one thing that is certain: they didn’t cite him for texting and driving, because there is no Florida law that bans the practice.

According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, 38 states, and the District of Columbia, have laws that prohibit all drivers from texting and driving. An attempt at passing a similar texting ban came to a halt in the Florida State Legislature again this year.

A few moments of distraction can result in serious injury or death on the road. Careless, inattentive, and distracted drivers account for far too many accidents on Florida’s roads and highways. If you’ve been injured by a distracted or careless motorist, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Farah & Farah’s Marion County personal injury attorneys at (800) 533-3555 for a free, no-obligation consultation to talk about your case.