Why is it that people think it is so important to text and drive or to FB while driving?
In my own experience, we were almost hit head on by a swerving police car in front of the local high school while he was texting on his phone!
Two Santa Rosa women on their way to dinner with their husbands were killed Saturday evening by a suspected drunken driver when his pickup rear-ended the sedan they were riding in as it sat in traffic on Highway 12 near Farmers Lane in Santa Rosa, California.
Susan Hufford, 53, and her mother-in-law, Sharon Hufford, 74, were riding in the rear of the Toyota Camry driven by Randolph Hufford, 54, with his father Donald Hufford, 74, in the front passenger’s seat when it was struck from behind by a full-sized GMC Sierra pickup, according th th CHP.
The women were killed instantly by the impact. The deaths mean Randolph Hufford lost his mother and wife in the accident, while Donald Hufford lost his wife and daughter-in-law.
The pickup showed no sign of braking and struck the sedan with such force that it pushed it forward 40 to 50 feet and completely crumpled the trunk and rear seat of the vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. Eastbound Highway 12 was closed for several hours Saturday evening as emergency personnel swarmed the scene.
The driver of the pickup, 30-year-old Nicholas Lee Tognozzi of Rohnert Park, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He also is suspected of using his cellphone at the time of the accident, Like drunk driving is not bad enough!
The accident occurred around 5:20 p.m. in Santa Rosa in an area where eastbound traffic on Highway 12 often backs up several hundred feet west of the Farmers Lane intersection. Fast-moving eastbound drivers often have to brake to avoid crashing into stopped traffic there.
The Camry was stopped in the right lane of Highway 12 a few hundred feet west of Farmers Lane, just before it widens into four lanes. The pickup was traveling at 55 to 65 mph when it collided with the Camry. The impact pushed the Camry into a third vehicle, a Suzuki occupied by a couple who were not hurt, thankfully.
Please people stop the drunk driving and texting, it’s just wrong!!!