A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention by Matt RichtelOne of 2014s most original and masterfully reported books, A Deadly Wandering by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Matt Richtel interweaves the cutting-edge science of attention with the tensely plotted story of a mysterious car accident and its aftermath to answer some of the defining questions of our time: What is technology doing to us? Can our minds keep up with the pace of change? How can we find balance? Through Richtels beautifully constructed narrative, a complex and far-reaching topic becomes intimate and urgent--an important call to reexamine our own lives.
On the last day of summer, an ordinary Utah college student named Reggie Shaw fatally struck two rocket scientists while texting and driving along a majestic stretch of highway bordering the Rocky Mountains. Richtel follows Reggie from the moment of the tragedy, through the police investigation, the states groundbreaking prosecution (at the time there was little precedent to guide the court), and ultimately, Reggies wrenching admission of responsibility.
Richtel parallels Reggies journey with leading-edge scientific findings regarding human attention and the impact of technology on our brains--showing how these devices, now thoroughly embedded in all aspects of our lives, play to our deepest social instincts and prey on parts of the brain that crave stimulation, creating loops of compulsion, even addiction. A propulsive read filled with fascinating scientific detail, riveting narrative tension, and rare emotional depth, A Deadly Wandering is a book that can change--and save--lives.
6-Year Sentence for Texting Driver Who Killed Teens in Auto Accident
According to the Centers for Disease Control , nine people die every single day because of a distracted driver. Smartphone ownership statistics showcase the prominence of these devices, but what they also illustrate is the focal need for connectivity in our lives. Almost every teen has a smartphone, and this allows for constant and instant access to their social world; information and even entertainment is merely a tap away, and built in cameras snap memories that serve to document every action or inaction. Phones and devices follow everywhere, and, unfortunately, their presence even has taken a front seat in the car. So while distractions behind the wheel can be attributed to any action that displaces the importance of controlling the vehicle, the presence of smartphones has contributed greatly to the number of texting and driving deaths and other fatalities , as well as injuries and crashes on the road. Smartphones are deadly when used behind the wheel, and, for new drivers, their lure is even more worrisome.
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Looking back, Brooke Scherer figures she knew as soon as she regained consciousness that her son was already gone. Scherer, her husband Jordan and their two children were heading north on Interstate 75 for a family trip to Ocala one afternoon in when they hit a traffic jam. Jordan Scherer braked and eased their Mazda CX-5 to a stop. Seconds later, Brooke Scherer's world went dark, and then she awoke to chaos. Her husband was slumped across the center console, foam bubbling from his mouth.
HOUSTON - The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a church minibus in rural Texas, killing 13 people, apologized after the crash and acknowledged he had been texting while driving, a witness said Friday. Jody Kuchler told The Associated Press he was driving behind the truck and had seen it moving erratically prior to the Wednesday collision on a two-lane road about 75 miles west km of San Antonio, near the town of Concan. Kuchler said the truck had crossed the center line several times while he followed it. Kuchler said he witnessed the crash and afterward, he checked on both the bus and the truck and was able to speak with the driver, who has been identified by the Texas Department of Public Safety as year-old Jack Dillon Young, of Leakey, Texas. I was texting. Department of Public Safety Sgt. Conrad Hein declined to comment on Friday on the cause of the crash or if texting might have played a role.
Caysi Jaronske, 17, was in the car with Bollig on that fateful day. She told investigators that they asked Bollig to stop texting and updating Facebook multiple times while she was driving. After the crash, Bollig reportedly asked her boyfriend, year-old Deven Garlock, to lie about having been the one behind the wheel. While state police initially believed that Garlock was driving the car, DNA evidence collected from the truck recently proved that Bollig must have been the one behind the wheel. In addition, the search of the vehicle allegedly recovered a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Since the new details about the incident were revealed last week, Bollig has been charged with two counts each of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation, texting and driving, and driving without a valid license. Maurer's oldest daughter and her friend, both 15, were wounded in the crash but fortunately survived.