In York, Pa., Brian Widmayer, 21, has been charged with a crime for our times: killing a man by running over him while text messaging. David Peters, 43, was walking across the street when Widmayer was responding to a text message and driving through an intersection.
The police complaint states that Widmayer first received a text message on his telephone and then sent a reply as he passed through the intersection at about 11:10 p.m.
Widmayer’s 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo dragged Peter’s body for 64 feet. Widmayer was going between 30 and 36 mph.
He has been charged with homicide by car as well as an accident involving death or injury while not properly licensed, reckless driving, careless driving, careless driving resulting in death and driving without a license.