Sunday, August 16, 2009

Caution: ipodding may be dangerous to your health

I have continually bombarded my daughters to not do this and this will be an object lesson for them.

People, just drive your cars.

Police: iPod Led To Deadly Drexel Hill Crash
DREXEL HILL, Pa. (CBS 3) ― A young driver reportedly distracted by an iPod was involved in a deadly crash in Drexel Hill Friday, police said.

The accident happened at about 11:30 a.m. on N. Lansdowne Avenue outside the Delaware County Memorial Hospital.

According to police, the driver lost control, crossed over two lanes of traffic and slammed into two pedestrians on the sidewalk who had just walked out of the hospital.

19-year-old Nicole Gallo of Clifton Heights was pronounced dead at the scene. Her best friend, Christine Bochanski, 20, of Lansdowne is listed in critical condition at Crozer Chester Medical Center.

The driver, Rachel Jankins of Havertown, was treated and released from the hospital.

Investigators believe Jankins may have been distracted by an iPod at the time of the crash.

"She apparently was having problems with her iPod, reached down, wasn't paying attention, lost control of the vehicle," Superintendent Michael Chitwood explained. "The vehicle crossed over the two northbound lanes, went up onto the sidewalk, the young girls had their back to the vehicle, the vehicle just ran over them."

So far, no charges have been filed. The investigation into the deadly crash is ongoing.