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Old 02-28-07, 11:19 AM
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Well, I've resolved to keep telling them. Last night I was almost taken out by a driver talking on the 'phone, who was paying far too little attention as they merged from the right. Luckily I anticipated the situation & just had time to take avoiding action & get their attention. This also enabled me to pass them, which provided an opportunity to scream my message at them a couple of times, complete with the internationally recognised hand signals for "hang up the phone".

However, it seems the smart-dumb balance might have been restored in part:


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Man believed to be using a laptop is killed in car crash
From the Associated Press
February 27, 2007

YUBA CITY, CALIF. — A man who authorities say appeared to be driving while using his laptop computer died Monday when his car crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a Hummer.

California Highway Patrol officers found the victim's computer still running and plugged into the cigarette lighter of his 1991 Honda Accord.

The 28-year-old victim was a computer tutor in Chico, Calif. The Sutter County coroner's office was withholding his identity until his family could be notified.

"The screen itself shattered from the impact, so we can't be sure if he was working on it or not, but we think from the way it was found that he might have been working," said Sgt. John Pettigrew, a CHP spokesman. "It's a straight road right there, and it doesn't look like he fell asleep or anything else."

The couple in the Hummer escaped the 8:30 a.m. collision with bumps and bruises, Pettigrew said.

The crash, near the intersection of California highways 99 and 113 about 30 miles north of the capital, totaled both vehicles. It closed a section of Highway 99 south of Yuba City for about two hours
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