A Chicago driver, Kimisha Moore, 19, was on her cell phone and was driving 60 mph when she approached a stopped emergency vehicles on the Dan Ryan in Chicago. The distracted driver struck a state trooper who was standing on the shoulder and was engaged in a traffic stop investigation. The trooper suffered a smashed pelvis and two broken legs. The distracted driver was charged with aggravated reckless conduct, a felony and bond was set at $50,000.
The State Police issued a plea for drivers to stay off their cell phones and to slow down and change lanes when drivers see emergency vehicles stopped along the shoulder.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that almost 6,000 people are killed each year by distracted drivers and 50,000 are injured in auto accidents by distracted drivers.