Teen Charged with Homicide For Texting While Driving and Causing Fatal Accident
A Brooklyn, New York teen is facing serious legal issues after a man died because she was texting while driving.
Nechama Rothberger was charged with negligent homicide for striking Tian Sheng Lin, a delivery man who was riding a scooter. Nechama told police officers that she didn't see Tian, and initially was facing a much less severe crime -- a misdemeanor for reckless driving and using cell phone while driving.
The man suffered severe head trauma and was declared brain dead. He later passed away from the injuries. Police who arrived at the scene of the accident found the half-finished text Nechama was writing. The teen's now released on $5,000 bail and her lawyer maintains she didn't "hit him intentionally. It was merely an accident."
Tian Sheng Lin's wife said she's seeking "justice for my husband," and this is a sad situation for everyone involved that could have been easily avoided. Thirteen percent of JSYK readers admitted to also texting while driving. That number needs to be zero. Being distracted from focusing on the road -- even for just a few seconds -- can lead to tragic and fatal accidents, just like this one. No text message is worth that.
Drive safe this season!