Tex­ting and driv­ing caused death, say RCMP

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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.

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