Davenport, Florida, January 3, 2008
By Jay Anderson
HORRIFIC CRASH KILLS TWO, CRITICALLY INJURES SIX
Text Messaging Driver At Fault
Troopers say the crash occurred shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Sand Mine Road after the driver of a semi plowed into another tractor-trailer and eight cars stopped at the traffic signal.
Witnesses were stunned. At the scene of the collision there was crumpled steel and debris everywhere along with numerous shattered lives. The wreck was so horrific most vehicles were unrecognizable.
Troopers say the truck driver responsible for the crash is 61-year-old David Lunger. He reportedly suffered only minor injuries.
Killed in the collision, 37-year-old Stephanie Batchelor, of Haines City and 26-year-old Heather Hurd. Heather and her fiance' Patrick Richardson were on their way to the wedding planner. Heather was killed instantly and Patrick suffered life-altering injuries. Heathers parents, Russ and Kim Hurd had flown in from Maryland to join their daughter and future son-in-law and were waiting at the wedding planner. No longer planning a wedding the Hurd's now faced the daunting task of planning their Heather's funeral.
Earlier this year Florida Senator Frederica Wilson, D, Miami Gardens, introduced "Heathers Law" a comprehensive ban that will prohibit talking on the cell phone and text messaging while driving. Reports confirmed that the driver who caused the crash was distracted by trying to text his driver log to his company. Senator Wilson has been instrumental in the push for distracted driving legislation.
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