The mother of an 18-year-old killed in a crash is urging other drivers to be safe and avoid distracted driving.
The fatal crash happened on Curley Street early Monday afternoon, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
FHP troopers said the man was traveling southbound on the street, approaching Curley Road, at about 1:12 p.m. when he lost control of his 1998 Toyota Tacoma.
He ended up crossing the street and entering the east shoulder before his truck overturned.
Troopers said the man suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.
His mother said her son wasn’t wearing his seatbelt and was texting just before the crash.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash, and according to the report, alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
No other information has been released. The investigation remains ongoing.
Texting and driving is a leading cause of accidents across the country. When you think about it, a person who spends just five seconds sending a text message while driving 55 mph will travel over 100 yards while distracted. That’s almost the length of an entire football field.
Some of the types of accidents caused by texting and driving include:
- Rear End Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Parking Lot Accidents
- Turning Accidents
- T-Bone Collisions
Our Pasco County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton want to remind all drivers to pull over to a safe area if you must send a text message, or even if you need to make a phone call. Anyone who uses their cell phone while driving risks causing a serious accident. If a texting driver has caused a collision that left you suffering from an injury or took a loved one from you, we can help you hold the negligent driver accountable.