The driver, Jason Frank, told police he was trying to give his two-year-old toddler a pacifier when he crashed into Lesones.
“There is all kind of distractions inside a vehicle whether it’s turning on your radio, turning the station, adjusting the volume, reaching down to put your coffee away or whatever,” Illinois State Police Sgt. Tony Halsey said.
“As soon as you take your eye off the road for a split second, depending on your speed you can travel every bit of one length of a football field or three lengths of a football field. Something can come out in front of you, stop in front of you and the crash occurs and unfortunately, it can result in fatalities or serious crashes.”
Currently, Frank has only been cited for failing to slow down to avoid an accident. In Illinois, the only form of distracted driving that is illegal is using your cell phone behind the wheel. Though drivers can take a hands-free call while driving.
“For some people, unfortunately, they think ‘oh I can have my hands free not to talk on my cell phone so that means I can read the newspaper, I can reach over here in the passenger seat and get my briefcase out,'” Halsey said.
What may seem like a quick glance can be the difference between life and death.
“Don’t set the cruise control because you get so used to driving, not paying attention, your cruise control is set. You want to be in physical control of that vehicle,” Halsey said.
If you need to do something while driving, Halsey suggests pulling over instead.