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Cat, cellphone suspected distractions behind crash
Toronto Sun ^ | June 14, 2011

Posted on 06/14/2011 2:59:55 PM PDT by Squawk 8888

BARRIE, Ont. - Police blame some serious distracted driving for a chain-reaction crash that caused more than $100,000 in damage after a teenager struck a parked car in this city north of Toronto.

Police said the driver was texting and trying to pick up her cat when the collision happened.

Cops said the teenager was speeding when she lost control of the car, left the roadway and struck a car parked in a driveway. It was pushed into a boat, which was also in the driveway. The boat was then pushed into the house and a neighbour's vehicle.

The driver was taken to hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.

She has been charged with careless driving.


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: automobile; car; cell; cellular; distracteddriving; dwd; text; texting

1 posted on 06/14/2011 2:59:57 PM PDT by Squawk 8888
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To: Slings and Arrows

Kitty krash ping.


2 posted on 06/14/2011 3:00:58 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (Tories in- mission accomplished)
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To: Squawk 8888
Umm, Dad? First, I'm OK, but you know that rattle in the door panel? Don't worry about it anymore......
3 posted on 06/14/2011 3:02:53 PM PDT by Traveler59 ( Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: Squawk 8888

Actually the cat was trying to text and she was shooing it off of the keypad.


4 posted on 06/14/2011 3:09:19 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: Squawk 8888

Years ago, my cat threw a truck off the road. Really.


5 posted on 06/14/2011 3:10:59 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Blue Jays
Current efforts to halt people from distracted driving aren't working.
At the very least, texting should be disabled if the device determines current speed to be greater than 5 mph.
A technological solution would naturally need to be uncovered for bus/train riders or for passengers in moving automobiles.
6 posted on 06/14/2011 3:12:21 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Squawk 8888

But how is the cat?


7 posted on 06/14/2011 3:13:48 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Squawk 8888

Is the cat ok?


8 posted on 06/14/2011 3:13:59 PM PDT by Names Ash Housewares ( Refusing to kneel before the "messiah".)
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To: Squawk 8888
Too many distracted drivers these days. The other day I saw a lady in the lane next to me talking on her cell phone and putting on make-up.

I was so irritated that I nearly cut myself shaving!

9 posted on 06/14/2011 3:15:30 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Squawk 8888

So is the cat okay?


10 posted on 06/14/2011 3:25:26 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (When life gives you lemons, throw them back and demand chocolate.)
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To: Squawk 8888

It’s not often that you get to knock a boat into someone’s house with your car.

Smart cat!


11 posted on 06/14/2011 3:25:48 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Actually the cat was trying to text and she was shooing it off of the keypad.”

Maybe it was one of Weiner’s ‘kittys’....(eye roll)! lol


12 posted on 06/14/2011 3:29:29 PM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: Squawk 8888
Most peculiar, It's amazing how each new step forward in evolution selects the best for survival in the current environment.

13 posted on 06/14/2011 3:38:26 PM PDT by Waverunner (I'd like to welcome our new overlords, say hello to my little friend)
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To: Squawk 8888

Should have let the cat do the texting...


14 posted on 06/14/2011 3:38:52 PM PDT by Noumenon ("One man with courage is a majority." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Squawk 8888

A kid around where I live was texting while driving and was killed.


15 posted on 06/14/2011 3:45:55 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Ken H
I was at a stoplight a few years ago and the woman in front of me was brushing her teeth. I couldn't believe it. I sat there wondering if she was going to lower her window for a giant spit when she was done. Nope, I guess she swallowed it. I never saw her take a drink of water either.
16 posted on 06/14/2011 3:46:38 PM PDT by Shannon
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To: Right Wing Assault
Unlucky for the neighbor kid.
Hope no innocent people were hurt.
17 posted on 06/14/2011 3:59:38 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Squawk 8888

Saturday, I saw a youth riding a scooter on a busy street and texting. Many of todays youth have no survival instinct that I can see.


18 posted on 06/14/2011 4:11:21 PM PDT by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: Cicero

I wonder if the cat’s name was Toonces?


19 posted on 06/14/2011 4:13:22 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Squawk 8888
"Honest, officer. Teh teenager wuz drivin!"


20 posted on 06/14/2011 4:14:37 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: USNBandit

Car into car into a boat into a house and another car? Is this teenager related to the former crash choreographer for “CHIPS”?


21 posted on 06/14/2011 4:16:04 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit
Car into car into a boat into a house and another car? Is this teenager related to the former crash choreographer for “CHIPS”?

True story ... my boss's daughter once put a Honda Civic in a tree. Right in the middle of an evergreen ... about 8 feet up. They still don't know how she did it.

22 posted on 06/14/2011 4:27:04 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: dljordan
"...Many of todays youth have no survival instinct that I can see..."


A teenager walked out of a store, wearing headphones, crossed the sidewalk, and directly into the path of my vehicle a few weeks ago...all without looking up from his cellular phone.
The fact that I was concentrating on driving is what saved his life as I slammed on the brakes and leaned on the horn to secure his attention.

23 posted on 06/14/2011 4:29:37 PM PDT by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
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To: Squawk 8888

I hope the cat’s OK.


24 posted on 06/14/2011 4:38:58 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Blue Jays

Years ago, on more than one occasion, while riding in a carpool to work, I observed a man, dressed in a business suit, driving along and reading a newspaper.

Examples of people educated way beyond their intelligence.


25 posted on 06/14/2011 4:43:34 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: I still care
Was he under the influence of catnip at the time?
26 posted on 06/14/2011 4:45:54 PM PDT by verity (The Obama Administration is a Criminal Enterprise.)
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To: Shannon

Unreal! If the toothpaste has micro amounts of arsenic in it, she will wish she spat it out.


27 posted on 06/14/2011 5:10:19 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Blue Jays

True


28 posted on 06/14/2011 5:11:38 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: Blue Jays

as I slammed on the brakes and leaned on the horn to secure his attention.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
On the highway I am reluctant to use the horn on ‘texters’ and/or ‘talkers’.
Concerned they will ‘wake up’ and swerve into me..


29 posted on 06/14/2011 5:27:21 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) Time to clean House (and Senate) again. Incumbents begone!!)
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To: Blue Jays
Hope no innocent people were hurt.

No other serious injuries that I know of.

Imagine the person on the other end waiting for his next text if they were going back and forth as kids usually do.

30 posted on 06/14/2011 6:02:31 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: OldPossum

I followed a woman for about a mile on a 50 mph road who was looking in the rear view mirror, putting on makeup, both hands off the wheel, steering with her elbows. She got the car around a fairly sharp turn with no problem. There was no way I was going to pass her, even though she seemed quite good at this.

Another one. I used to carpool with a guy who talked to me while he was driving and always made full eye contact. When the cars in front of him slowed or stopped, I turned my head to look at the brake lights but he kept looking at me. Either he had 180+ peripheral vision or an eyeball in his ear. I never got used to this and my legs were tired from pushing down on the floor as if I had brake pedals on my side. He never came close to rear-ending someone.


31 posted on 06/14/2011 6:18:09 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

There must be special angels assigned to people like the ones you describe.


32 posted on 06/14/2011 6:37:20 PM PDT by OldPossum
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To: Squawk 8888
I love this.

One of the homeowners is named “Attila”.

33 posted on 06/14/2011 7:36:44 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: verity

No, it was just rascally catness.

We were moving South in a 3 vehicle caravan, and the cats were in a large cage in my car. Domino decided he wasn’t going to get along with the other cats, so my friend driving the main truck said, “I’ll take him”. Ha!

At 1 in the am driving through SC, Domino, who had been dozing on the passenger seat of the truck, suddenly decided the driver needed “The Needles” on his front right thigh.

The driver responded by driving the truck into a ditch on 95. The middle car saw him, and stopped, but I, in the lead, contined blithely on.

Some great truckers stopped and tried to help them get out, but they eventually had to call a tow. I never did find them until we met up at Welcome Center.


34 posted on 06/14/2011 8:16:37 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: I still care; SatinDoll
I thoroughly enjoyed the recounting of your individual experiences.

It is a welcome relief from the excessive bitter political nastiness that has been prevalent on this board lately.

35 posted on 06/15/2011 8:13:30 AM PDT by verity (The Obama Administration is a Criminal Enterprise.)
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To: Squawk 8888
Texting while driving should entail a 5 year minimum suspension of the person's drivers license.

They have shown by their actions that they are not smart or responsible enough to be trusted.

36 posted on 06/15/2011 8:19:23 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: verity

Life is good.

I just got news today my surgical biopsy is negative. Laus Deo!

And here is my fav cat video. My cats always talk to me too. Except they are senile now, so they don’t make any sense...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEJNV5Zdi3c&feature=related


37 posted on 06/15/2011 12:24:32 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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