The Bane of Social Media


I receive a daily email that contains headlines related to various news events in the county where I live. The following was in today’s email:

Two dead, another injured in two-vehicle crash

Here is the blurb that accompanied that headline:

OSP says that a GMC Yukon driven by Jimmy Brown, 35, of Tenmile, was towing another Yukon when it crossed into oncoming lanes and crashed head-on into a fully loaded Peterbilt commercial motor vehicle.

According to OSP, Brown, the Yukon driver, and his passenger, Jason Elam, 35, also of Tenmile, were pronounced dead at the scene. 

Other news reports indicate the accident happened at approximately 9:30 pm.

While it’s possible that alcohol (or some other substance) could have been a factor, considering the time of the accident and the fact that none of the news reports I’ve come across have mentioned this, it would seem the most likely cause was that the Yukon driver was distracted. Being able to pinpoint that distraction is, of course, now impossible.

But I can take a guess. And perhaps some of you can too.

In two words: Social Media.

Of course, there’s no way this can be proven since both occupants were killed. Nevertheless, when one considers how often news reports of fatal automobile accidents include the words “cause unknown,” it does give one pause.

Please folks. Focus on your driving. Keep your eyes on the road … not on your cellphone.

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