POLICE: Accident Caused By Driver Sending A Text About A Drug Deal

MEDFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Police say a man who drove his car into a New Jersey cyclist had been sending a text message about a drug deal.

Authorities say 42-year-old Lisa Granert of Cherry Hill was riding her bike and wearing a reflective vest in Medford after 6 p.m. Monday night.

Police say 28-year-old Robert Sharrer of Pemberton told them he was texting when his vehicle drifted onto the shoulder and crashed into Granert. Police say she suffered head injuries and was flown to a trauma unit. She was in stable condition Tuesday.

Police say Sharrer's text was about a drug deal.

Authorities say they found unauthorized prescription drugs in Sharrer's car and charged him with drug possession. They say he'll also be charged in the collision. Police did not know whether Sharrer had an attorney.


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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 20, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    James - Not that I think that technology or idea is anywhere close to a feasible reality but: Uh yeah, and that would cause a bigger hassle for drivers who have a disabled or missing limb. It's already way expensive to have a vehicle custom modified when needed. I also want to know who could afford such a car, and are we supposed to pass a law to crush all the others already on the road and dispose of them? lol Im also pretty sure that someone, somewhere has hit a cyclist before while texting about something other than a drug deal.
  • by jr Location: bath on Nov 18, 2009 at 10:49 PM
    To: hey audra, "ex post facto" is a legal term which means you cannot pass a law today and have it apply to yesterday.
  • by James Location: Washington on Nov 18, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    That problem can be prevented. Implement steering wheels on cars and trucks that can allows the driver to operate the vehicle only if both hands are on the steering wheel within 5 second intervals. If one hand is not on the steering wheel for more than 5 seconds, the vehicle will not operate. Or better yet, focus on where the drugs are coming into our country and use every means we have to resolve. every means we have! then stupid crap like this wouldn't happen.
  • by hey audra on Nov 18, 2009 at 01:40 PM
    i think the law is retroactive, in that if an accident was caused by texting (as proven by phone records) then the charges would apply. not sure though--i think thats the only way they can really enforce it, since you could be doing a number of things (picking french fries out of your lap, digging in your purse for a pacifier, etc...) that look like youre texting (unless a cop is standing right over your shoulder, they cant prove it without checking your phone).
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 18, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    Ugh... The way the law is written here: Under 18, no cell use at ALL while driving - sole exception for anyone being an emergency call. Over 18, hands-free only for calls (except emergency vehicle operators & on private property), and NO texting. Exceptions for PTT for commercial drivers & farm vehicles, but not anybody else (difficult to enforce as the mic on PTT phns now picks up well enough to be heard if it's the distance of your lap, out of sight). The law does NOT prohibit reading, selecting, or entering a phn number or name for the purpose of making a call. While this makes sense if you don't have voice dial on your hands-free device, it leaves some doubt as to how to enforce the no-texting law because a person could say that they werent texting but rather reading... or entering a name etc.. which takes as much focus on the device as texting really. It's ALMOST perfectly written in my opinion. There may be no perfect way to write it. It is however an improvement.
  • by tarboro on Nov 18, 2009 at 12:57 PM
    did they get the dealers
  • by anon Location: wallace on Nov 18, 2009 at 10:43 AM
    DUMB HEAD!!!
  • by Jacob Location: Gville on Nov 18, 2009 at 08:34 AM
    Don't text and drive. If you do, you are putting human lives in danger, including your own. Normally I'm a libertarian, but I'm in favor of strict laws against all cell phone use inside vehicles in traffic.
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