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Police: Driver might have been texting before crash

Posted May 15, 2009

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— Police are searching the cell phone records of a 17-year-old driver to determine whether he was sending a text message before a wreck last week.

Andrew Wayne Miles, of 11804 Appaloosa Run, was northbound on Leesville Road on the afternoon of May 5 when he lost control of  his 2003 Mazda in the curve where Leesville meets Strickland Road, police said. The Mazda hit a guardrail off the right side of the road and spun around as it traveled back across four lanes of traffic before slamming into a 1988 Mitsubishi driven by John Gable Lantz, police said.

The Mitsubishi flipped up, hit a guardrail and rolled onto its side, police said. Lantz, 70, of Durham, was seriously injured in the wreck, police said.

Miles hasn't been charged in the wreck, although an officer noted in the accident report that he was speeding at the time.

Wake County District Judge Craig Croom issued a search warrant for police to search Miles' Verizon Wireless cell phone records after police said they believed he might have been talking or texting on the phone before the wreck.

State law forbids teen drivers from talking on cell phones while driving, and lawmakers are considering a proposal to ban anyone from texting while driving.


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  • james1077 May 19, 2009

    Prayers are sent on behalf of both families and for Andy. This story does jump to conclusions and from what I understand, he was NOT texting or on a cell phone at the time. This is a poor example of "journalism" and a lot of folks on here are eating it up, hook, line and sinker.

  • adrien3 May 18, 2009

    Just to inform all of you out there who are jumping to conclusions (much like this article)

    1) This article fails to mention that at the time of the accident there was a very bad thunderstorm with tornadoes in the area, and Andy was driving around a curve when the back tires slipped and he hydroplaned

    2) Andy is a family member and I know that his phone records have been checked online by other family members and no texts or phone calls occurred during that time

    This article is trying to twist the situation around in order to use him as an example and try to pass the no texting bill. Regardless of your opinions on driving and texting, it is not fair of this article to hide important details and twist the situation for their own agenda.

    What happened was very tragic and there are two families suffering, and it is very wrong of these people to put undue stress on either family.

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  • whatelseisnew May 15, 2009

    Take the license, take whatever money he has and put him in jail. 40 or 50 years ought to be about right.

  • itsnotmeiswear May 15, 2009

    Isn't there already a device available that will disable a phone while it is moving? Why can't they just make it a standard control for texting?

  • Caveman93 May 15, 2009

    ALL CHILDREN MUST TAKE PHYSICS!!! That will teach them what things like Newton's Law of Motion, kinetic energy, potential energy and what happens when 2 3000lb vehicles do when they collide head on at a combined speed of 130 mph!!!

  • Caveman93 May 15, 2009

    You know, changing the radio station is one thing, but what kind of incompetant parents raise kids up to believe you can text, talk, chew bubble gum, smoke, read the paper and drink your coffee while you drive a vehicle?? I take it common sense is not a dominant genetic trait anymore???

  • Dark_Horse May 15, 2009

    if u ban that, then also ban makeup application, book reading, check writing... Ive even seen a woman eating a bowl of cereal while driving. Those things are no less distracting than texting. Don't isolate that because just its the latest fad.

  • Question May 15, 2009

    I think texting and cell phone use (w/o blue tooth at least) should be considered in the same category as DWI

  • Thought Criminal WS May 15, 2009

    Raleigh has some of the worst drivers in the country. Go 45 minutes any direction away from the city and the difference is notable. Texting and driving is stupid. Too many people on cell phones driving do not pay attention, and are dangers to other drivers. Either drive or use the phone.