A couple of pedestrian accidents caught my eye because they were killed due to being distracted by cell phones, mp3 players or iPods. A search in the Internet turned up a lot more than I expected. Here is a sampling of what is out there in cyberspace.
NPR recently aired a very good story about digital distractions while driving.
NPR Story, Caution: Walking And Cell Phones Don't Mix, Carol Guensburg.
Megan Roth and I have written before about distractions caused by cell phone use along with iPods. Some other articles of interest are listed.
So what is going on with pedestrians? Like car and truck drivers pedestrians are allowing their cell phones to distract them to the point of getting killed. Here are a few examples.
Joshua Phillips White, 16, was killed while wearing MP3 player earphones and walking on a train track. February 22, 2009.
Lisa Carolyn Moran, 20, a University of North Carolina exchange student from Scotland, was listening to an iPod while jogging when she stepped into the path of a bus in Chapel Hill last May. Lisa Moran’s personal website.
Vicky Baker, 39, was talking on her cell phone when she was struck and killed by a train in Albertville, Ala., in December 2008.
Apple, the most prominent manufacturer, declined to comment for this story. Christine Monaghan, spokeswoman for its iPod line, said Apple's Web site offers guidance for safe use.
COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP -- A funeral will be held Saturday for a Galesburg-Augusta High School junior who was hit by an Amtrak train Tuesday afternoon.
Alan Michael Eaton Chandler, 17, was hit as he crossed the tracks near his house in the 8800 block of East Michigan Avenue.
According to preliminary reports, Baker was using a cell phone while walking and apparently did not hear the train’s warning and walked into the path of the train, Smith said. The train struck Baker as she was attempting to move from the tracks, he said. December 2008
Tara McAvoy, 18, was killed while she was text-messaging her family. Tara, who was named Miss Deaf Texas in June, 2005, was struck by a train as she walked along the railroad ties.
Zachariah Smith, 18, of Ohio, was texting on his phone while walking across railroad tracks. Witnesses report that Smith let one train pass, walked around a gate and was struck by a second train. Although he was thrown 50 feet, Smith survived. August 21, 2007.
Scott Slaughter, 31, of Berkeley, California was talking on his cell phone when he was struck and killed by an Amtrack train. Similar to the Ohio case listed above, witnesses said that Slaughter let one train pass and walked into the path of a second train. November 19, 2007.
Florida Woman Struck and Killed While Using Her Phone
Dawn Ann Thoma, 32, of Florida was killed when she drove into the path of a freight train. Dawn was talking to her brother on the phone at the time of the crash.
There is a website mycellphoneiskillingme.com that lists many of these accidents caused by electronic distractions. As they point out many of these accidents are underreported because people don’t want to admit to having used their cell phones. Here is the list they compiled.
• New York — Five girls who had recently graduated high school were killed when their SUV crashed. Phone records show that the phone registered to the driver (Bailey Goodman) was in use at the time of the crash. Evidence also suggests that she was speeding.
• New York — Five people were killed when Shawn E. Roush lost control of his car. Roush was legally drunk, driving 90 and arguing with his wife on his cell phone at the time of the crash.
• Wisconsin — Witnesses report that 48-year-old Janet Indermuehle was talking on her phone when she lost control and crashed. Indermuehle, her 15-year-old son Daniel Hall, and 14-year-old Tiffany Kastner were all killed.
• Indiana — Eight people were killed when a semi-trailer slammed into a line of cars. The trucker, Leonardo Cooksey, 32, was trying to charge his cell phone and didn't notice that traffic had stopped.
• Minnesota — 21-year-old Leanne Toepper was killed while chatting on her phone. The person she was talking to heard her screams before the phone went dead.
• Montana — 13-year-old Frances Margay Schee was killed when her school bus was hit by a semi-trailer. The trucker, Reinaldo Gonzalez, admitted that he was talking on his cell phone at the time of the crash.
• Arizona — Police report that 18-year-old Ashley Miller was sending a text message when she crossed the center line and slammed into a vehicle driven by Stacey Stubbs. Both Miller and Stubbs were killed.
• Wisconsin — 22-year-old Adam Teumerd was killed after his vehicle left the road and crashed into water. Adam was talking on his cell phone when the person he was speaking with heard the accident.
• Ohio — Karyn Cordell, 22, and her unborn child were killed when 16-year-old Alexander Manocchio reached over to answer his phone and slammed head-on into Cordell's car.
• Illinois — Katlin McGuire, age 20, was killed when she was distracted by her cell phone. Her passenger received serious injuries.
• Ohio — Seventeen-year-old twins, Kathy and Kimberly Seager, were killed while stopped at a railroad crossing. The twin's car was crushed from behind by a 23-year-old driver who was talking on his cell phone. The driver didn't even try to stop.
• California — Los Angeles commuter train engineer Robert Sanchez missed a signal that caused 25 people to lose their lives. Records indicate that Sanchez had been texting on his phone.
• California — Gladis Andrade-Zepeda, 33,
dropped her cell phone and was looking for it when she crashed. Andrade-Zepeda was killed when her car was struck by a second vehicle.
• Washington — Witnesses told the FBI that Sela Anne Kalama, 19, was texting on her phone when she drove off the road and into a river. 17-year-old Vanna K. Francis and 15-year-old Ronnie Scroggins were killed in the crash.
• Wyoming — Brittany Rentas, 16, was killed after the car she was driving collided with another vehicle. Rentas had been texting on her phone.
• Montana — Christie Johnson, 34, was killed while trying to plug in her cell phone. Four passengers were injured.
• North Carolina — Macy Winslow, 16, was killed when her vehicle crossed the center line and struck another vehicle. State Police report that there is strong evidence to suggest that Macy had been using her phone when she was killed. Two other people suffered injuries.
• Montana — An unnamed 43-year-old man was using his cell phone at the time he slammed into the back of a logging truck on U.S. 93, near Missoula. The man died in the crash.
• Oklahoma — 19-year-old Brittanie Montgomery was killed while driving and using her phone. Brittanie was a dancer for the Hornets NBA basketball team. Her mother is now an advocate for banning the use of cell phones while driving.
• Massachusetts — John McCarthy, 58, was hit and killed by a driver who admitted to sending a text message at the time of the crash.
• Ohio — Five-year-old Dameatrius McCreary was killed after exiting a school bus. Angelique Dipman told police that she hit Dameatrius because of reaching down to answer her phone.
• Florida — Stephanie Phillips, 37, and Heather Hurd, 26, were killed when a tractor-trailer ran a stop light. The trucker was distracted by text-messaging on his phone. Numerous other people suffered injuries. (Accident Pics)
• Florida — Dawn Ann Thoma, 32, was killed when she drove into the path of a freight train. Dawn was talking to her brother on the phone at the time of the crash.
• California — According to the Highway Patrol, Ronald Rudisill, 63, was killed by a driver who was allegedly driving under the influence of drugs and sending a text message. The driver didn't see that traffic had stopped.
• California — 16-year-old Kayla Preuss was killed when the vehicle she was driving went out of control and crashed. She had been drinking, speeding, and sending text messages at the time of the crash. Her open cell phone was found at her feet
• California — 5-year-old Kyle Coble and his two sisters Emma, 4, and Katie, 2, were all killed when the vehicle they were in was slammed into by trucker Jorge Miguel Romero, who was trying to check his cell phone voice mail.
• Missouri — Two-year-old Jackson Moore was killed when his dad—who was riding an ATV with his son—looked down to check an incoming text message.
• Missouri — Three people were killed and 15 injured when trucker Jeffrey R. Knight was distracted by his cell phone.
• Virginia — Joan D. Skupien, 40, was using her phone when her car left the road and crashed into a tree. Skupien died in the crash.
• Virginia — Michael Ozyjowski, 75, was killed when he was run off the road by a woman driving and talking on a cell phone.
• Indiana — Sarah L. Woodruff, 20, was killed when her car left the road and flipped 6 times. State Police report that Sarah had been texting on her phone.
• Indiana — Rodney O. Thompson, 18, was killed when his vehicle slammed into a tree. A passenger said that Thompson had been text-messaging at the time of the crash.
• Connecticut — 82-year-old James Morrissey died a month after being run down by a driver chatting on a cell phone.
• Illinois — Matt Wilhelm, age 25, was killed by a driver who was busy downloading ringtones onto her phone.
• New Jersey — 7-year-old Sierra Kerber was killed when a driver on a cell phone ran a red light and crashed into an SUV driven by Sierra's father.
• Oklahoma — Jessalyn Sanders, 6, was killed while walking across a street. The driver, Justin Pearsall, told police that he didn't see Jessalyn because he had reached down to answer his phone.
• Colorado — 18-year-old Makayla Lynn Belew was killed after being hit by a driver who was text messaging on his phone.
• Colorado — 18-year-old Nancy Trimpe was killed when Donte Brown, 24, ran a light and struck Trimpe's vehicle. Police report that Brown was distracted by his cell phone.
• Colorado — Jim R. Price, 63, was hit and killed while riding his bicycle in the bicycle lane of Wildcat Reserve Parkway. The 17-year-old driver was text-messaging on his cell phone when he hit Mr. Price.
• Colorado — Samantha Ann Loy, 18, was killed when she rolled her vehicle into oncoming traffic. The Colorado State Patrol suspects that she was texting at the time.
• Wisconsin — Tracey McDonald-Iwunze, 28, was using her phone when her car ran a stop light and killed Kathryn Marjama.
• Texas — Ryan Perez, 24, reached for his cell phone and slammed into a vehicle driven by 18-year-old Samantha Ibarra. Ibarra died in the crash.
• Texas — Dr. Michael Sanchez was hit and killed while jogging. The driver told police that he was was answering his cell phone.
• Maine — Police believe that Heather Bouchard, 24, dropped her cell phone which caused her to cross the median and crash into oncoming traffic. Bouchard was killed, two others were injured.
• West Virginia — Michael Shelley blew through a red light while talking on his phone. One person was killed.
• Massachusetts — Jordan Cibley, 18, was killed when his car left the road and struck a tree. Jordan was talking on the phone to his dad when the accident occurred.
• Michigan — Jun Joseph Kojima, age 27, died after being hit by an 18-year-old driver who was reaching for his cell phone.
• Georgia — Ryan Duffner, age 2, was killed when his mother's car was hit by a 16-year-old girl who was using her cell phone while driving. Ryan's mother, Lisa Duffner, sustained serious injuries in the crash.
• Florida — Lesley Beers, 32, was killed when her car was slammed into from behind by a vehicle driven by Sheila Hulick. Cell phone records show that Hulick was on her phone. A jury later awarded Beers' husband 21.6 million dollars in a wrongful death suit.
• Michigan — Twelve-year-old Joe Teater was killed when Holly Jo Smeckert, 20, drove through a stop light and crashed into the Teater's vehicle. Smeckert was so consumed by her phone conversation that she didn't even apply her brakes at the stop light.
• New Mexico — Witnesses report that 41-year-old Douglas Flores was trying to text message when his moped slammed into a telephone pole. Flores was killed.
• Arkansas — Paul Davidson, 41, was killed when 27-year-old Michael Blanchard crossed the center line. Authorities said that Blanchard had been texting on his phone. He later killed himself after being charged in causing the death of Davidson.
• Texas — Stephanie Phelps, 16, was using her cell phone when she ran through a stop sign and crashed into a cement truck. Phelps and her 4-month-old daughter were killed.
• Texas — Officer Jason Norling was killed by a driver who was using a cell phone. His wife, Lisa, told local media that she lost her husband to a cell phone.
• Texas — Witnesses report that 49-year-old Gabriele Zarecor was text-messaging when her vehicle struck a concrete barrier. Zarecor was killed in the crash.
• Indiana — Witnesses report that 52-year-old Delbert Majors was talking on his cell phone when he ran through a stop light and killed 56-year-old Raymond Ferrari. Police report that Majors' also had cocaine in his system.
• Massachusetts — Craig P. Bigos, 31, told authorities that he was trying to drive and send a text message when he lost control of his SUV and killed 13-year-old Earman Machado.
• Utah — 17-year-old Lauren Mulkey was killed by a driver who ran a light because he was trying to find a number on his cell phone.
• Utah — James A. Furfaro, 38, and Keith P. Odell, 50, were killed when 21-year-old Reggie Shaw sideswiped their vehicle. Phone records show that Shaw had been text-messaging at the time of the accident.
• Wyoming — Bradley Johnson, 20, was killed while apparently reading a text message when his vehicle crashed.
• Pennsylvania — Two-year-old Morgan Lee Pena was killed when the car she was riding in was struck by a driver on a cell phone. The driver was too distracted to notice the stop sign.
• Wyoming — 17-year-old Mitchell Birch was killed when his car left the road and went down an embankment. State Police suspect that he was either sending or reading a text message at the time of the accident.
• Kansas — Valorie Graham, 38, told State police that she was on her phone when she struck another vehicle, killing Terry Higginbotham, 60, and Jeanie Larson, 64. Graham later said in court that she wasn't using her phone.
• Colorado — Erica Forney, 9, was struck and killed by an SUV driven by Michelle Smith, who was driving and talking on her phone.
• Arizona — An 18-year-old girl slammed head-on into another car killing both drivers. Police report the accident was caused by the teen texting on her phone. (Video)
• Mississippi — Puckett High School senior Daniel Howell was killed when he crashed his car while using his cell phone.
• Arkansas — Kevin L. Castillo, 22, was text-messaging on his phone when his truck left the road and crashed. Castillo died in the crash.
• West Virginia — Chad Ray, of Hurricane, W. VA., is accused of talking on a cell phone at the moment he collided head-on with a school bus.
• Indiana — Kira Hudson, 20, was having an emotional phone conversation with her boyfriend when she crashed. She is now a paraplegic and gives talks about the dangers of driving while using a phone.
• Texas — Cameron Bates, 23, reached for his cell phone, became distracted, and rolled the pickup he was driving.
• New Jersey — Adele Loring, 47, suffered critical injuries after hitting another car and overturning. Police report that witnesses saw the victim talking on her phone at the time of the crash.
• Ohio — Sarah Stearns, 18, told police that she had been sending a text message when the car she was driving hit a mailbox and overturned.
• Connecticut— Sharlyn Ayala-Gonzalez, 19, was talking on her cell phone while trying to pass another car and slammed into a guardrail. She suffered serious injuries.
• California — Brittany Nichole Rodrigues, 20, was talking on her phone when she left the road and slammed into a utility pole.
• California — Miriam Duarte, 39, reached for her ringing cell phone, ran off the road and flipped her vehicle. Duarte and her passenger Maria Loyola, 49, had to be removed from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life.
• Washington — A 16-year-old girl told authorities that she smashed into a parked car because she was reading a text message from her boyfriend.
• Washington — Police believe that Brandy Anderson Bergen, 22, was reading a text message when her car failed to round a curve. Bergen suffered severe head trauma.
• Virginia — A Virginia State Trooper was injured when 24-year-old Sabrina Farbor hit the Trooper's car, which had pulled over another vehicle. Farbor was using her phone at the time of the accident.
• Washington — Three people were injured when a 29-year-old man lost control of his vehicle on I-5 and crossed the median, slamming head-on into another car. The 29-year-old was trying to put his cell phone on speaker mode when he lost control.
• Kentucky — Two people were injured when 54-year-old Jacqueline Toombs slowed down to answer her cell phone.
• West Virginia — A minivan driver lost control, hit a car and overturned because of trying to find his cell phone.
• Maine — A 16-year-old girl told authorities that she smashed into a parked car because she dozed off, but officers discovered that she had really been texting.
• New Jersey — Christine Davis, 21, was too busy reading text messages to notice that her car was getting ready to crash into a parked Cadillac. The insurance company said the Caddy was a total loss.
• Kentucky — Witnesses report that 22-year-old Melaine Berryhill was talking on her cell phone when she turned in front of 43-year-old Sharon Howard. Howard's vehicle was forced down an embankment. Both drivers were taken to the hospital.
• Arkansas — Thomas Jones was looking at his cell phone when he crashed into Robin Matlock, causing injuries to Matlock and her passenger.
• Illinois — Witnesses report that Richard Handzel was talking on his cell phone when he crashed into 53-year-old James White. Mr. White suffered severe leg injuries.
• Washington — A truck loaded with propane crashed and overturned near a school. Authorities said the driver was on his cell phone when the crash occurred.
• Illinois — Sandra Jeffers, 58, crashed and overturned in a cornfield because of reaching down to answer her cell phone.
• Illinois — Ronald Funes-Pineda, 26, was legally drunk and talking on his cell phone when he crashed into a police car injuring the two officers inside.
• Kansas — According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 15-year-old Megan Renae Thacker was reaching for her phone when her car went through a fence and airborne into a field.
• Kansas — UPS driver Jeremy L. McMillion looked down at his ringing cell phone and crossed the median, went through a fence and hit a building.
• Nebraska — Barbara Baltzell, 53, told authorities that she was distracted because of looking at her cell phone when she slammed into a Nebraska State Patrol officer.
• Indiana — An unnamed 17-year-old girl told police that she was using her cell phone when she left the road, drove over 70 feet through a yard, and smashed into a house.
• Iowa — An unnamed 21-year-old male told police that he was text-messaging when he caused a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 35/80.
• Arkansas — Two children received head injuries when Linda Childers Knapp struck the vehicle of Shadrick Adams. Knapp was talking on her cell phone.
• Montana — Breanne Ledbetter, 29, was on the sidewalk jogging while pushing a stroller when she was hit by 16-year-old Tyrell Littlebird. Littlebird told police that he was text-messaging at the time of the accident.
• Pennsylvania — Erica L. Rodriguez, 20, was reaching for her cell phone when she smashed into parked cars, injuring a 7-year-old boy.
• Texas — An unnamed man said he was trying to answer his cell phone when his vehicle slammed into a tree. His 10-year-old son received critical injuries in the crash.
• Utah — Utah State Police report that a man—identified only as a man in his 40's—rolled his vehicle on I-80 because he was trying to answer his phone.
• New York — 22-year-old Lance Homer had been drinking, looked at his cell phone to read a text message, and crashed his car on RT 48.
• Colorado — Police report that a trucker was distracted by his cell phone and hit a guard rail pushing it into traffic.
• Montana — Carol Fowler, 20, reached to pick up her cell phone which caused her vehicle to slam into and roll an oncoming van.
• Utah — Utah State Police report that a woman—identified only as a 64-year-old female—was so consumed in her phone conversation that she didn't even hit the brakes before slamming into a truck that was parked in the emergency lane of I-15. The woman suffered critical injuries.
• North Carolina — William Daniel Edwards, 59, was looking for his cell phone when his car sideswiped a parked car, drove across a sidewalk, then crashed into the front glass of a flower shop.
• Indiana — Thirty-three-year-old Amber Parsons was drunk and trying to send a text message when her vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree.
• New Hampshire — Jeremy Marcelonis, 22, suffered numerous injuries when his vehicle slammed into the back of a trash truck. Marcelonis told police that he was distracted due to texting on his phone.