TROOPERS: Driver Distracted By GPS, Car Rolls Into Craven County Creek


The Highway Patrol said a distracted driver ended up in Little Swift Creek in Craven County Wednesday night.

Trooper B.M. Riggs tells WITN he was called to Highway 17 near the Highway 43 split off around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators say 47-year-old Daniel Acosta of Greenville told them he was trying to get to Greenville, but got turned around.

Trp. Riggs said Acosta was fiddling with his GPS unit when he ran off the road to the right, hit a road sign, and rolled down an embankment.

Acosta was able to get out of his vehicle before it rolled into the creek bottom, according to investigators.

A driver behind Acosta saw the incident and called 911.

Troopers said Acosta was taken to a nearby rescue house to warm up, but was not injured.

Troopers say Acosta was going nearly 70 miles per hour, and will now be charged with reckless driving.


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