Friday, September 4, 2020

Phone distraction leads to 3 car accident in Glidden

A report shows that a cellular distraction reportedly led to a three-vehicle collision Tuesday on U.S. Highway 30 in Glidden. Authorities responded to the accident at an intersection approximately 5:17 p.m. The initial investigation revealed that 54-year-old Jeffrey Wicker of Glidden was westbound on Highway 30 in a 2015 Toyota Prius, but stopped and waiting for oncoming traffic to complete a left-hand turn onto the street. A 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van, driven by 40-year-old Tricia Bock of Glidden, was behind Wicker, but coming to a stop. At that same time, 19-year-old Shawn Wilkerson of Jamaica was also westbound behind the other two vehicles in a 2008 Chevrolet K1500. Wilkerson told authorities he got a notification on his cell phone and glanced down at it, unaware that traffic was coming to a stop in front of him. He collided with Bock's van which was pushed into the Wicker car. Wicker reported possible minor injuries, but was not transported for treatment. There was an estimated $2,000 in damage to the Wicker Prius, $4,000 in damage to the Bock minivan and $1,000 to the Wilkerson truck. Wilkerson was cited for failure to stop in an assured clear distance.

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