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February 22, 2013

Cell phone use leads to collision

ORANGE — A driver admits being on his cell phone and not paying attention leading to a collision 7:47 p.m., Wednesday at the 3900 block of Womack Road in Orange.

The driver, 56, entered the oncoming lane of traffic, colliding with a vehicle.

The driver then continued approximately 50 yards, damaging a safety guard rail, according to police reports, before stopping in the ditch.

The second driver, 18, was not injured. His vehicle received minor damages.

The first driver was issued citations for failure to maintain a single lane of travel and failure to control speed.

More than 5,400 people died in crashes that were reported to involve a distracted driver and about 448,000 people were injured in 2009 according to the CDC website.

Among those killed or injured in these crashes, nearly 1,000 deaths and 24,000 injuries included cell phone use as the major distraction.

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