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Wednesday, November 28, 2007


It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.

(26 February 2007, California) 29-year-old Oscar was driving on Highway 99 near Yuba City, when his Honda Accord crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a Hummer. The occupants of the Hummer were not seriously injured. California Highway Patrol officers found Oscar's laptop still running, and plugged into the car's cigarette lighter. Investigators believe that he was using it when his car crossed the center line.

"Driving is not a time to be practicing your multitasking skills," remarked CHP spokesman Tom Marshall.
Oscar is not alone. Last year, 510 California drivers were charged with reckless driving because they were using a TV, video, or computer monitor. A 2001 CHP study cites cell phone use as the top cause of crashes involving distracted drivers, followed by fiddling with music. "Anything that distracts you can kill you, whether it's eating lunch or working on a computer," an AAA spokesman said.

Oscar was a computer tutor. Hopefully his fatal lesson will teach others to surf on the information superhighway, not the asphalt superhighway.



At 5:34 AM, Blogger lime said...

maybe he was surfing porn sites and was blinded by 'highbeams.'

At 5:37 AM, Blogger James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

lol, I think I'm turning Japanese, I think I'm turning Japanese, Doh, oh shit...splat!

At 9:36 AM, Blogger Angie said...

I've heard that talking on your cellphone while driving makes you drive worse than most people who are legally drunk. I simply cannot imagine trying to be on the darn computer while driving.

Although I did see a guy once on the freeway, talking on the cellphone, holding a peice of paper against the steering wheel, writing on the paper, and smoking a cigarette... at 65 mph. I slowed down and let him get WAYYY ahead of me.

At 1:10 PM, Blogger Bailey Stewart said...

And my family doesn't understand why I won't answer the phone while I'm driving.


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