Driver Texting Causes Rear-end Crash on I-95

Florida (February 22, 2012)  A rear-end accident on I-95 north sent two men to the hospital in Flagler County.  The crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near mile marker 294, north of Exit 289- Palm Coast Parkway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Robert Vespi was driving a Nissan Altima north on I-95 in the center lane when he slammed into the rear of a GMC Yukon that was towing a trailer.  Both vehicles came to a stop on the right shoulder of Interstate 95.  The Nissan sustained extensive damage to the front end and the trailer was pushed into the rear of the Yukon.

According to the police report  “The driver of (the Nissan Altima) stated to the independent witness that he was temporarily distracted, as he was texting on his cell phone.”

Vespi was seriously injured and airlifted to Halifax Hospital.  The driver of the Yukon, Thomas Berry was injured and transported to Flagler Hospital.  Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Authorities closed the right two lanes of I-95 north for over an hour as crews worked to clean up the debris and assist the injured.

Robert Vespi has been charged with careless driving, and Berry was charged with driving under a suspended license.

5 Thoughts on “Driver Texting Causes Rear-end Crash on I-95

  1. You need to get the story correct. He was not texting. According to Florida Highway Patrol there had been no activity on his phone for 15 minutes prior to the accident.

    • Mendy – I think you need to get the facts straight! Texting is defined as sending or reading text on an electronic device. So it does not matter if there was activity on his phone, if he was looking at his phone THE COURTS IN THE UNITED STATES deem this activity as Texting.
      Please stop texting and putting my life in danger.

      • How do any of you know what the facts are about this accident, were you there at the accident scene? How do you know he was looking at his phone, based on witness statements, which could be innacurate. So much for presumed innocent until proven guilty. And since you brought this up, there are many actions deemed as distractions not just texting, ranging from talking, changing the radio volume or station, looking at your speedometer, eating, among other things.

        So stop with this ‘putting my life in danger’ crap because I bet you have done one of these things too. We ALL do. Practice what you preach. I am sure you have a cell phone and talked on it while driving and if say you are not then you must be the only person in the US to not.

  2. MeezieNY on February 25, 2012 at 1:47 am said:

    Put the ****** phones down and drive assholes. Its bad enough majority of the drivers are horrible drivers as it is. ****** morons.

  3. daniel kocik on February 26, 2012 at 5:08 pm said:

    Rest in Peace mu beloved brother Daniel Kocik.

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