Caught on Camera: What Happens When You Text and Drive

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Ft. Myers (WBBH) — The Fort Myers Police Department would like to present a reminder on the severity of texting while driving.

On Saturday, at 1:12 a.m. Officer Ivan Moorer of the Fort Myers Police Department was traveling southbound on Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard approaching Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Officer Moorer began to notice the unusual driving behavior of a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am directly in front of his patrol vehicle. The driver was swerving and slowing for no apparent reason.

The officer continued to investigate the driving behavior as the vehicle traveled westbound onto Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

At this time the in-car camera captured the Pontiac abruptly accelerate across the inside lane of westbound travel, drive up onto the sidewalk where it violently struck a guardrail, bus stop sign and tree before rolling over.

The driver 23-year-old Michael James Woody Jr., of Fort Myers, was able to climb out of the overturned vehicle and crawl to safety.

During the traffic crash investigation Woody admitted to the officer he was texting and took his eyes off the roadway.

“Texting and driving is a serious epidemic. We hope the in-car video in this incident is a wake-up call to those that text and drive”, said police spokesman Lieutenant Victor Medico.

Thankfully no one was seriously injured. Woody was cited for careless driving and texting while driving.

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5 comments

  • Jujubean

    Yep I see people driving like this daily going I-90 East from dead mans curve to Mentor… Mostly women. Can’t wait to see one roll.

  • lisarae

    Jujubean, don’t be so ignorant. I drive 90 all the time and see just as many women as men drivers and while you sit there and say that you can’t wait to “see one roll” you better hope that’s it’s not you or your loves one in the way

    • anonomous

      thats what they get for texing and driving i see tons a dumb as drivers and they all deserve this to happen to them so can u be so stupid really?????

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