Texting and driving caused death, say RCMP
Police in Nova Scotia have laid a “unique” set of charges against a man accused of killing a pedestrian while texting and driving.
On March 11, RCMP say a 54-year-old man died after being struck by a car in Cape Breton, as he was flagging passing motorists for help.
The suspect vehicle failed to stop, a release said at the time, and the victim was taken to Cape Breton Regional Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
“That’s the first time I’ve seen that,” Cpl. Jennifer Clarke, Nova Scotia RCMP spokeswoman said on Monday. “It doesn’t mean it’s never been laid before, but let’s just say it’s unique.”
After an investigation, RCMP’s Cape Breton Traffic Services announced on Monday they had charged a Thomas Joseph Smith, 26, of Sydney, in the case.
Clarke said the case shows how serious the consequences of texting and driving can be.