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Head-on collision

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

One person was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital after a head on collision on Murphy Road, north of the intersection with County Road 1200 North, around 6:30 p.m., Wednesday. According to Clay County Sheriff's Department officials at the scene, the accident occurred when one of the unidentified drivers dropped a cell phone, crossed the center and hit the other car with their van. Officials are withholding the names of the individuals involved pending the investigation. Members of Van Buren Volunteer Fire Department, Clay County Search and Rescue and TransCare also responded to the scene. Ivy Jackson Photo.


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Withholding the names, but, there is a published picture of one of the vehicles involved. Seems to me this is identifying at least one of the individuals. This happens all the time. I would not want to be a relative or friend, and find out in this way.

-- Posted by former Clay Countian on Wed, Jun 17, 2009, at 9:32 PM

another accident involving a cell phone SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW to use cell phone while driving.

-- Posted by pepsilady on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 3:28 AM

I guess the publics "right to know", is only subjected to the editors discreation.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 6:47 AM

I agree, people should pull over before trying to use a cell phone. It only takes a split second for something terrible to happen.

-- Posted by newtoo on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 7:08 AM

I'm only saying this once. She was NOT on her cell phone when the accident occurred, and I honestly think that stories shouldn't be printed unless the writers/photographers have their stories & facts straight.

-- Posted by mhicks on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 11:30 AM

QUOTE: "According to Clay County Sheriff's Department officials at the scene, the accident occurred when one of the unidentified drivers dropped a cell phone, crossed the center and hit the other car with their van".

mhicks, you really should your facts straight, the "writers/photographers" didn't say she was on a cell phone. And how do you know whether she was or not? If you weren't in the vehicle with her, then you don't know.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 12:05 PM

Conservative Dad, your comprehension is lacking.

QUOTE: " Officials are withholding the names of the individuals involved pending the investigation."

That is unless you think the "Officals" are the Editors. Is that what you think?

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 12:09 PM

First, I don't even know what kind of car that is, and there has to be 100s of them in and around this county, so how can I identify the driver with the knowledge provided by a picture? (PS: I can't see a license plate either.)

Secondly, you don't have to be using a cell phone to drop one, but reaching for one (or anything you drop while driving) can make you cross the center line in a car.

Third, the word "officials" used in a story means the people who provide the information to the reporter/photographer.

Fourth: How did you know it was a girl/woman driver that dropped the phone? That info isn't in the story I read.

Hate to say it, but it sounds like you're trying to defend someone you know. Which is ok, but you do need to know that even friends make mistakes.

And the reason they're called mistakes is so that people can learn by them.

Help your friend or loved one learn from this mistake so it doesn't happen again.

-- Posted by Cy on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 12:45 PM

Great...another accident caused by a cell phone.

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 3:17 PM

Lee Thall - I have my facts straight. It was MY sister that was involved in this accident. I didn't say that the reporter wrote that she was on her cell, it's others that have made the assumption. BUT, my remark about posting stories with out having the full story still stands. It's like telling half the truth. And that isn't fair to either party involved.

-- Posted by mhicks on Thu, Jun 18, 2009, at 5:10 PM

mhicks, I quoted what YOU said. And what does her being your sister have to do with anything? As I said, if you weren't in the car, you don't know. All you know is what you might have been told or choose to post here.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Jun 20, 2009, at 10:52 PM


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