California Teen Killed When Distracted Highway Cop Slams Into Car

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Courtesy KHSL-TV

A California Highway Patrol officer was looking at his computer while driving when he crashed into a stopped vehicle in Northern California Tuesday, killing a 15-year-old boy.

According to CBS Chico affiliate KHSL-TV, the teen was a passenger in a Hyundai Elantra that was stopped in a construction zone on Interstate 5 near Orland, about 100 miles north of Sacramento.

Authorities said a CHP officer driving a mobile road enforcement truck down I-5 was looking at his computer but didn’t notice the stopped traffic ahead in time to avoid a crash.

“When he looked up, traffic was slowing and coming to a stop, applied his brakes and rear-ended the vehicle that was in front of him, which subsequently got pushed into two other vehicles that were stopped,” CHP Sgt. Tony Odell told the station.

Weston Sites, a 15-year-old from the town of Willows, was killed in the crash. According to the Chico-Enterprise Record newspaper, two other teenagers were taken to Enloe Medical Center in Chico.

CHP officers said a separate accident investigation team will be handling the collision investigation.

1 Comment

  • Jim Demestihas

    why are the police permitted to use electronics while driving? While we are not permitted by law…because its too dangerous! They should not be permitted to use anything but radio communications while driving….no computers, no cellphones, etc……
    Whats good for the goose is good for the gander

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