HIGHWAY PATROL: Cell Phone Distraction Cause Of Fatal Crash

A mother is dead after state troopers say she rear-ended a state DOT dump truck this afternoon. They blame the crash on cell phone distraction.

The Highway Patrol says the accident happened around 2:15 p.m. on Highway 24 near the Highway 172 intersection.

Troopers have identified the woman as 33-year-old Deanna Childs of Swansboro.

The woman's vehicle received heavy front end damage in the crash.

Troopers say the DOT was in the area picking up animal carcasses and other vehicles had gone around the dump truck.

Childs was the mother of a 7-year-old boy. Troopers say she was distracted by her cell phone, and apparently didn't see the DOT truck in front of her.


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  • by Denise Location: Jacksonville on Jan 3, 2012 at 07:36 PM
    As one of Deanna's friends & coworker I am truly dismayed by the heartless, thoughless comments left on this accident. DEeanna was a beautiful person, a great mother and wonderful boss. I just pray that the people bashing her have never done anything against the law while behind the wheel. From what I was taught as a youngster, only God has the right to judge and as far as I know the second coming of Christ is not hear yet so you all need to leave her alone and mind your business. "Let he without sin cast the first stone.
  • by Tyee Location: Psych 101 on Dec 31, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    Psychology 101. It can not happen to me. It will happen to someone else. ---------Sorry about this terrible accident.
  • by Wrong Wrong Location: Jacksonville NC on Dec 31, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    I knew this girl, and her mother and her SON, it is a tragic loss, for the entire family and her friends and the town of Swansoboro, prayers be with you all in this difficult time. Texting is never a good idea when driving but no one can be sure that is exactly what happened, only God and Deanna knows. And while it is good no one else was hurt, I would like for those of you who are saying she did it to her self and that she didn't want to live for her child to look at him and say that. Its a horrible enough.
  • by paul2012 Location: onslow on Dec 31, 2011 at 07:15 AM
    distracted driving...what IS distracted driving? What can be the cause for "distracted driving"? Singing along with your favorite song while driving distracts one behind the wheel...a child crying in the backseat is distracting...a brilliant display along the roadside...eating, drinking coffee, applying makeup, and yes, the evil of all evils...the CELL PHONE! I am sorry that people die in car crashes, I feel for the families but I am also sick and tired of the cell phone being the blame for this. lets see how many have "accidents" that are due to the above listed reasons. oh and cops...yeah, stay off the laptop while driving...its distracting.
  • by DIXIECHICK Location: ENC on Dec 31, 2011 at 03:54 AM
    I can't understand why a grown woman, who has responsibilities would put herself and others at risk. She's supposed to be a good example to her children and yet she does something stupid and now her kids will grow up without her. I feel bad for the family, but she did make her own choices. I guess she didn't want to see her kids grow up, get married, and have babies.
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Dec 31, 2011 at 05:12 PM in reply to DIXIECHICK
      You have just proved how callous you are. You don't know the family, but you want to make your 'educated' comments. Give it a rest, DIXIECHICK, and go celebrate your New Year.
  • by gary Location: new bern on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:02 PM
    i see highway patrol and sheriff deputys all the time either on their cell phones or computers while driving whats up with that change the law make it illegal to use distracting devices but this isnt a police state everyone goes by the rules if a cop gets a call ok otherwise stay off the phone and off the computer
  • by Anonymous on Dec 30, 2011 at 06:55 PM
    This is one of several reasons I have never owned a cell phone. I refuse to be yet another technology slave, one of those pathetic robots that can't function without one of those infernal devices glued to their ear 24/7. Now, here we see yet again why all cell phone / texting use should be banned for all drivers, period.
  • by jb Location: onslow on Dec 30, 2011 at 03:40 PM
    btw i talked to a guy who was behind her...he said the dot truck didn't completely pull off hiway,soooo anyone could have hit the truck.dot workers need to be double careful around traffic.could been your mother....not good.
  • by that one Location: hubert on Dec 30, 2011 at 03:21 PM
    My heart goes out to the child who lost its parent, my family went through a situation where my 5 year old niece was left with out her father last year two days before christmas. Here is the thing I know and talked with one of the emt team members that was at the scene and her cell phone was on the drivers floor board with a half typed text, she wasnt talking on it but it make you think was that text that important to put others life and hers at risk!
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      by Remember on Dec 30, 2011 at 08:49 PM in reply to that one
      Honk if you love Jesus.....text while you are driving if you want to meet him.
  • by dotworker Location: enc on Dec 30, 2011 at 02:26 PM
    what your saying is we have to set up a work zone to pick up a dead animal! i picked up a few today myself, it only take a min. but by what you are saying, going by the july 2011 edition of the work zone safety hand book. it would now take us 2-3 hours and at least 3 trucks and 5 people (in harms way). you would need to have a 660' tapper 495' buffer zone 200' work zone, that 1/3 of a mile, and you wouldn't need a flagger. half a day to pick up an animal! as for the family I am sorry for your loss. Everybody just needs to pay a little more attention, and we can all go home safely....
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      by jb on Dec 30, 2011 at 07:17 PM in reply to dotworker
      just goes to tell how dangerous it is blocking a partial lane with the truck,how many contractors have been fined by dot for doing the same thing? different standards right?
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