Dec 20

Driver Playing Video Game While Driving Hits Pedestrians

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video game while driving

There is no documentation that this driver was playing Pokemon.

Car accident caused by video game? No, this car accident was caused by a reckless driver who decided to play a video game while driving. You cannot make this stuff up!

According to the ClearwaterPatch.com, a 53-year-old – yes, 53 years old — Clearwater man struck two people – Sheree Dean, 37, of Largo and Sherman M. Puckett, 29, of Clearwater — after he drove onto a sidewalk in Dunedin while playing a video game on his phone. After striking the people, he had the nerve to drive off without checking on those he just hit.

According to the article, Vincent E. Barone was driving westbound on State Road 580 in a Honda Civic around 2:20 p.m. on Sunday. As he was passing the intersection of County Road 1, his Honda went off the road and hit two people who were on the sidewalk. Witnesses told deputies Barone didn’t stop, but continued west on State Road 580 instead. A person on a motorcycle, however, followed Barone and called 911.

The two people hit during the accident, Sheree Dean and Sherman M. Puckett both suffered serious injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The driver was arrested on two counts of leaving the scene of a crash involving serious bodily injury. The report did not state what video game he was playing. However, he did admit that he was playing a video game while driving.

When a pedestrian is hit by a car, many legal issues arise as to who is initially responsible for payment of the medical bills and lost wages. Also, questions of entitlement to uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage (as well as a bodily injury liability claim) should be addressed. All pedestrians should consult with an attorney before discussing any aspect of their injuries with the driver’s insurance company.

Drive and walk safely and watch out for those who don’t!

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