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A driver in Los Angeles had plugged his laptop into the cigarette lighter and was apparently working while driving when he swerved into oncoming traffic and was killed when he plowed into a Hummer.  Police found his laptop still running (wonder what brand that was?) but […]

A driver in Los Angeles had plugged his laptop into the cigarette lighter and was apparently working while driving when he swerved into oncoming traffic and was killed when he plowed into a Hummer.  Police found his laptop still running (wonder what brand that was?) but the screen was shattered so they couldn’t tell what he was working on when he lost control.  My guess he was updating Twitter.  So the lesson learned here is “don’t type and drive”.  I can see new legislation coming, no open laptops in a moving vehicle.  Or if the lawmakers do their usual bang-up job we’ll probably see power outlets in vehicles banned.  One question I have- would Vista have prevented this tragedy?  You know, one of those “do you really mean it” warnings when a sudden change of direction was detected?

(via C & M)

  1. Great point James! One small correction though, the accident was in Northern California near Sacramento. I work for the local coroner’s office.

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  2. >>>A driver in Los Angeles had plugged his laptop into the cigarette lighter and was apparently working while driving when he swerved into oncoming traffic and was killed when he plowed into a Hummer.

    Ah, Stupidity Kills Its Own again.

    Thank you for the good news!

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  3. That’s right, Kev! Typing and driving is bad, bad, bad. Inking and driving is okay though, right? ;P

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  4. Sorry, got the names wrong.

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  5. I wish they could tell us what he was doing. What if he was using Streets and Trips?

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  6. >>>What if he was using Streets and Trips?

    ROTFLMAO!!!!

    That is just so hysterically funny!

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  7. That would put me in a major bind if they banned power outlets in vehicles. I am currently using my cigarette lighter as a tablet battery recharger.

    Every student hates to go to class with a dead battery right? :D

    He should have had more common sense than to drive and type. I feel sorry for his family though.

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