Police cam records driver crashing his car while texting

CNN NEWS/WINK/ FORT MYERS POLICE DEPT.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 10:35am

We've all heard the dangers of texting while driving. The video we're about to show you demonstrates just how hazardous using your phone behind the wheel can be, Stephanie Susskind reports.

"This person had no control. He went from driving in the left lane to crashing within seconds, so very scary."

A crash caught on camera that even surprised officers, until they learned the driver was texting.

"Pretty incredible. I mean, I can't really imagine any other thing other than maybe a medical instance. That looked like someone maybe had a heart attack behind the wheel and lost total control."

Fort Myers police say 23 year-old Michael Woody admitted he was texting behind the wheel when officers caught him driving erratically from Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard onto MLK, the crashing into a bus stop sign and tree.

The car flipped over and Woody climbed out to safety.

"Obviously, this person didn't see the police officer behind him, didn't really see what what going on in front of him. Just shows you how quickly distracted driving can take you off the roadway."

The crash happened just after 1 a.m. on Saturday, January 4th.

The driver wasn't hurt, but he was cited for careless driving and texting while driving.

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