Distracted by cereal box, the pinball wizard meets the crash test dummies

Where do I begin with this one; a distracted driver is a dangerous driver and adding cereal into the mix is a recipe for a disaster. In this case I’ll give it to the driver for at least admitting she was distracted. My guess is many people lie about being distracted and feign ignorance of what happened.

Crash Information


U
N
I
T

1

Driver's Name - Last
HOWE

First
ERIN

Middle
BLYTH

Suffix

City
EARLHAM

State
IA - Iowa, US

Zip
500720000

Driver's Age
40

Citation Charge Code 1
321.285

Citation Charge 1
FAILURE TO STOP WITHIN THE ASSURED CLEAR DISTANCE

Gender
Female

State
IA - Iowa, US

Class
C - Non-commercial vehicle or commercial Veh w/26000 GVWR or less & either 16 Pass Design or Hazmat

Endorsements
None

Restrictions

B - Cor Lenses

Citation Charge Code 2

Citation Charge 2

Alcohol Test Given?
1 - None

Drug Test Given?
1 - None

Citation Charge Code 3

Citation Charge 3

Citation Charge Code 4

Citation Charge 4

Seating Position
01 - Front: Left Side / Motorcycle Driver

Injury Status
5 - Uninjured

Occupant Protection
2 - Shoulder and lap belt used

Airbag Deployment
5 - Not deployed

Airbag Switch Status
9 - Unknown

Ejection
1 - Not ejected

Ejection Path

Trapped
1 - Not trapped

Transported to:

Transported by:

Insurance Co. Name

Year
2002

Make
Chevrolet - CHEV

Model
AVA

Style
SW

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
7500

Initial Travel Direction
4 - West

Vehicle Action
01 - Movement essentially straight

Speed Limit
70

Point of Initial Impact
01 - Front

Most Damaged Area
01 - Front

Extent of Damage
4 - Disabling damage

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
1

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
02 - Four-tire light truck (pick-up, panel)

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
01 - None

Driver Condition
1 - Apparently normal

Vision Obscured
01 - Not obscured

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

First Event
06 - Evasive action (swerve, panic braking, etc.)

Second Event
23 - Parked motor vehicle

Third Event

Fourth Event

Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
23 - Parked motor vehicle

Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable

Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable

Carrier Name

City

State

Zip

Number of Axles

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

Placard #

Hazardous Materials Released?

L
O
C
A
T
I
O
N

Date of Accident
7/22/2012

Time of Accident 
07:53 AM

County
Dallas - 25

Accident occurred within corporate limits of (city)

Law Enforcement Case Number:
2012040691

Literal Description 
WB I-80 111.5MM

Legal Intervention?
No

Private Property?
No

X-Coordinate:
417893.1

Y-Coordinate
4599539.

U
N
I
T

2

Driver's Name - Last

First

Middle

Suffix

City

State

Zip

Driver's Age

Citation Charge Code 1

Citation Charge 1

Gender

State

Class

Endorsements
None

Restrictions

None

Citation Charge Code 2

Citation Charge 2

Alcohol Test Given?

Drug Test Given?

Citation Charge Code 3

Citation Charge 3

Citation Charge Code 4

Citation Charge 4

Seating Position

Injury Status

Occupant Protection

Airbag Deployment

Airbag Switch Status

Ejection

Ejection Path

Trapped

Transported to:

Transported by:

Insurance Co. Name

Year
1998

Make
Pontiac - PONT

Model
GRAND PRIX

Style
4D

Approximate Cost to Repair or Replace
16000

Initial Travel Direction
4 - West

Vehicle Action
13 - Illegally Parked/unattended

Speed Limit
70

Point of Initial Impact
05 - Rear

Most Damaged Area
05 - Rear

Extent of Damage
5 - Severe, vehicle totaled

Underride/Override
1 - None

Total Occupants
0

Traffic Controls
01 - No controls present

Vehicle Config.
01 - Passenger car

Cargo Body Type
01 - Not applicable

Vehicle Defect
88 - Other (explain in narrative)

Driver Condition

Vision Obscured

Contributing Circumstances, Driver (up to 2)

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

First Event
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Second Event

Third Event

Fourth Event

Most Harmful Event (by vehicle)
21 - Vehicle in traffic

Emergency Vehicle Type
1 - Not applicable

Emergency Status
3 - Not Applicable

Carrier Name

City

State

Zip

Number of Axles

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating

Placard #

Hazardous Materials Released?

ACCIDENT ENVIRONMENT

ROADWAY CHARACTERISTICS
Major Contributing Circumstances:

WORKZONE RELATED?

SEQUENCE OF EVENTS

Location of First Harmful Event
1 - On Roadway

Weather Conditions (up to two)
02 - Partly cloudy

Environment
7 - Previous accident

Location

First Harmful Event of Crash (use codes 11-42 only)
23 - Parked motor vehicle

Manner of Crash/Collision
3 - Rear-end

Roadway
01 - None apparent

Type

Light Conditions
1 - Daylight

Surface Conditions
1

Type of Roadway Junction/Feature
02 - Bridge/overpass/underpass

Workers Present?

D
I
A
G
R
A
M

0

 

NARRATIVE


UNIT 1 WAS TRAVELING WESTBOUND ON I-80 IN THE OUTSIDE LANE OF TRAVEL. UNIT 2 WAS STOPPED IN THE OUTSIDE LANE OF WESTBOUND I-80 DUE TO DISABLING DAMAGE FROM A PREVIOUS COLLISION. THE DRIVER OF UNIT 1 WAS DISTRACTED. SHE STATED THAT SHE WAS REACHING DOWN TO GRAB SOME CEREAL FROM A CEREAL BOX. THE DRIVER OF UNIT 1 ATTEMPTED TO AVOID UNIT 2. THE FRONT OF UNIT 1 STRUCK THE REAR OF UNIT 2. UNIT 2 WENT OFF TO THE RIGHT STRIKING THE CONCRETE BARRIER ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE BRIDGE. UNIT 2 BOUNCED OFF THE CONCRETE BARRIER AND CAME TO REST FACING SOUTHWEST ON THE CENTER LINE OF WESTBOUND I-80 BLOCKING BOTH LANES OF TRAVEL. UNIT 1 WENT ONTO THE SOUTH SHOULDER, THEN CAME BACK ACROSS BOTH LANES OF TRAVEL ONTO THE NORTH SHOULDER. THE FRONT RIGHT CORNER OF UNIT 1 STRUCK THE CONCRETE BARRIER ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE BRIDGE. UNIT 1 CAME TO REST FACING WEST ON THE NORTH SHOULDER OF WESTBOUND I-80. UNIT 1 WAS DISABLED AND THE REAR DRIVER'S SIDE CORNER WAS ON THE TRAVEL PORTION OF THE OUTSIDE LANE OF TRAVEL. UNIT 2 WAS UNOCCUPIED AT THE TIME OF THIS COLLISION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PREVIOUS COLLISION INVOLVING UNIT 2 SEE CASE # 2012040688.

 

Officer
RIPPEY

Badge No.
179

Time Officer Notified of Accident
07:45

Time Officer Arrived At Scene
07:58

Name of Agency
P01

Date of Report
7/22/2012

Investigation made at scene?
Yes

T.I. #

 

 

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death
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