Police say a Broughton High School student injured when she walked into the path of a car had been distracted by her phone as she stepped into the street.
Mikala Danielle Gleason, 14, suffered minor injuries Thursday afternoon when she was struck by a car as she walked across St. Mary's Street near the high school campus. The Raleigh Police crash report said she was not using one of several marked pedestrian crosswalks nearby, and "she was looking at her phone with earphones in when she was struck by the vehicle."
The student could not be reached Friday for comment.
“We do see this frequently, where people are walking across the street and just not paying attention,” said Lt. Tim Tomczak, who oversees traffic enforcement and crash reconstruction for the Raleigh Police Dept. “Distracted walking as a pedestrian can be even more deadly than distracted driving, because you don’t have anything to protect you.”
James A. Willetts, the driver, said he could not avoid hitting her. No charges were filed. ... [MORE]