This footage is part of a series "Pay Attention, Don't Pay the Price" which is pretty graphic, but does get your attention. The storyline above starts at 1:10 and runs through 1:50.
He was busy, apparently texting based on the way he was holding his mobile phone, and did not become aware of the presence of my truck and trailer bearing down on him until he heard the squeal of the tires as I nearly jack-knifed the rig to avoid running him down. My wife was in the cab with me, and neither of us could believe we missed him by the scant few inches between us and him, when we stopped. He continued hurrying through the rain, and I’m not certain the pedestrian even realized how close he came to becoming yet another sad statistic in the growing number of fatalities related to distraction.
Once we both calmed enough to speak and continue on our way home, my wife and I couldn’t help but wonder how many time before this young man had crossed a street, obviously unaware of the danger of his actions. Paying more attention to his phone, than to his surroundings.
Please don’t become a statistic; don’t just hang up and drive, but keep your attention on where you are walking, and when you cross the street, especially after dark, in our typically rainy winter weather, hang up and live.