Luckily, it was just the horse this time. This happened in Tuscola County, in Michigan’s “thumb”. From mlive.com:
CARO, MI — A driver distracted by his cellphone caused a motor vehicle-buggy collision, leaving a horse dead and a woman hospitalized, police said.
About 11 a.m. on Friday, May 15, Tuscola County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash site on M-81 near Crawford Road in Elkland Township. Their investigation showed a car and a horse-drawn buggy had both been heading east on M-81.
The car rear-ended the buggy, causing the buggy’s 22-year-old female driver to be thrown from it. The horse was killed as a result of the collision, deputies said.
The woman buggy driver was taken to Hills & Dales General Hospital in Cass City via Mobile Medical Response.
The driver of the car, a 40-year-old man from Deford, was not injured. He told deputies he had not seen the buggy because he was sending an email.
Do we have to say emailing while driving is not the best idea?
The driver was “issued several citations”.
It seems like this sort of thing should be treated similarly to a DUI. Isn’t the effect about the same?