According to Lieutenant Carl Rhodes, on April 8, 2013 at approximately 8:00 a.m., a Ford Explorer driven by MEGAN ERICKSON, age 21, from Culver, was stopped southbound on Highway 97 near milepost 100 preparing to turn east onto SW Bear Drive when it was struck from behind by a southbound commercial truck whose driver was momentarily distracted and didn't see the stopped vehicle. The impact pushed the Ford off the southeast side of the highway and the truck came to rest in the southbound lane.
Jefferson County Fire District #1 and Jefferson County EMS responded to the scene and were involved with initial medical treatment and transport of ERICKSON to Mt. View Hospital in Madras. She was then taken by air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. Her injuries are not non-life threatening.
The truck's driver, DAVID M. MOSEBAR, age 45, from Moses Lake, Washington, declined medical treatment. He was cited by OSP for Careless Driving.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the above-mentioned fire and EMS agencies, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT.
April is "Distracted Driving Awareness Month", and according to the Governor's Highway Safety Association there are four types of driver distraction, and any of them can be deadly:
* Visual: looking at something other than the road
* Auditory: hearing something not related to driving
* Manual: moving your hands from the wheel
* Cognitive: thinking about something other than the complex driving task at hand
While most any activity can distract a driver, one of the more common behaviors is using a cell phone. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, taking your eyes off the road for just over 4 seconds while traveling 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field full of people while blindfolded. For more information about the impacts of distracted driving and what you can do to prevent it, visit www.distraction.gov.