In a stunning act of recklessness, a Miami man was driving his car while fidgeting with a GPS device -- and he had smoked marijuana. As you can probably guess, this story does not end happily.
The 28-year-old got into a car accident while he was looking for a nearby restaurant. It seems he had punched in the address of the restaurant on his GPS device and while trying to understand the directions he was being given, the man caused a car accident that killed an 11-year-old girl.
It happened in the middle of the day and when police responded to the crash scene, they said the 28-year-old smelled strongly of marijuana. The young man claimed that he had smoked marijuana the day before, but the police didn't buy his story. They gave the young man a blood test which confirmed their suspicions -- he had "high levels" of the drug in his system which made him unsafe to drive. He was arrested for DUI, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault.
Obviously this is a very tragic accident, but sadly one that is not exactly uncommon. Driving drunk is negligent though it happens far too often; distracted driving is negligent but with cell phones and other devices, it is becoming commonplace; and when you combine the two, it is like asking for a serious accident to happen.
Such irresponsible and reckless acts are not only punishable in a criminal investigation, but in civil court as well (as they should). Negligent drivers who cause serious injuries, permanent disabilities or even death should be held accountable for their actions; and they often are, as their actions can make them liable for a car accident.
Source: Philly.com, "Police: Miami man in deadly crash was stoned, looking for Geno's," Mensah M. Dean, June 13, 2012