Woman drives US$300,000 Maserati into pond after checking WeChat messages https://t.co/Ea1kmpD59V— SCMP News (@SCMP_News) November 5, 2017
In yet another very expensive example detailing the dangers of distracted driving, a woman in eastern China drove a 2 million yuan sports car into a pond — while she checked her WeChat messages.
South China Morning Post reports the unnamed driver's $300,000 Maserati GranTurismo took a dive into the water after she looked down at her phone. As she looked up, she spotted a truck right in front of her. In order to avoid a collision, she swerved her vehicle and drove into a pond.
The accident occurred in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province. The woman was reportedly on "a sightseeing trip and was unfamiliar with the roads."
“There was a turn in the road, but the car overshot,” said Xu Jie, a police officer who arrived at the scene. “The car was almost submerged, with just about 30 centimeters left above the surface. The engine was still running, and the windscreen wipers were swinging back and forth.”
The woman got out by climbing out of the side window. Some bystanders also helped her escape the vehicle.
It's not yet clear if the car belongs to her. The driver was fined 50 yuan ($7.50) for using a cell phone while driving.
Distracted driving is one of the top most causes of fatal traffic accidents in China.
"In Shanghai in 2014, texting and receiving calls while driving was found to be the top cause of fatal accidents," China Daily reported. "There were 690 deadly crashes from January to October 2014 in Shanghai; 29.6 percent of them were the result of drivers texting and receiving calls, according to police. Only 19 of the accidents, or 2.8 percent, were caused by drunken driving."
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