Driver accused of texting before crashing into pole, pedestrian - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Driver accused of texting before crashing into pole, pedestrian

Carlos Westbrook (Source: SCSO) Carlos Westbrook (Source: SCSO)
(Source: WMC Action News 5) (Source: WMC Action News 5)

A man is behind bars, accused of texting during a crash that critically injured a man walking on Union Avenue.

Suspect Carlos Westbrook was driving a 2008 Chevy Silverado near the intersection of Union Avenue and East Parkway when he drove off of the road, hitting a light pole and a man walking on the sidewalk.

The pedestrian was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Westbrook stayed on the scene and told police he was reading a text message on his phone when he hit the light pole and the man.

Westbrook is charged with aggravated assault, reckless driving, driving on a suspended license, and having no insurance. He submitted to a BAC test, which came back negative.

WMC Action News 5's Jerry Askin is working to learn more about the moment leading up to the crash and what investigators have to say about texting and driving. He'll have a report on WMC Action News 5 at 5 p.m.

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