Sixty miles southwest of Rochester, a New Hampshire man faces negligent homicide charges.
It's alleged that the weapons the 20-year-old used in the killing were his car and his cell phone. The man is accused of causing a car accident that killed a man who was simply retrieving his mail outside his Amherst home.
The driver reportedly told law enforcement officials that he initially thought he had run into a snow bank, which is why he continued driving.
He had actually hit a 71-year-old man, Amherst's former fire chief, who was going to the mailbox at the end of his driveway.
The Manchester Union Leader reports that the driver is scheduled to make a court appearance on Jan. 16 at the 9th Circuit Court in Milford.
The man is believed by authorities to have been using his phone to text or check for messages while he was driving.
Past newspaper reports of the pedestrian accident stated that the driver admitted to police that he was distracted by his phone at the time his vehicle struck and killed the former fire chief.
Since this tragedy, area fire officials have launched a campaign to educate motorists about the dangers of texting and driving.
A posting on the Amherst Fire Department's website says the death of their former chief has hit the department and emergency services community hard. The 71-year-old was reportedly very active in Amherst community efforts and local politics.
There is no good excuse for someone to be texting while behind the wheel. For those who are injured by a distracted driver, there can be extensive medical bills to pay and lost wages to deal with. An experienced personal injury attorney can help victims vigorously pursue full, fair compensation for damages.
Source: Manchester Union Leader, "Mont Vernon man due in court for Amherst fatality," Kimberly Houghton, Jan. 7, 2014