Police: Man hits pedestrian while texting and driving - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Police: Man hits pedestrian while texting and driving

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A driver that swerved off the road and hit a pedestrian walking down the sidewalk is being accused of texting and driving.

The 22-year-old victim remains in critical condition and the driver is charged with aggravated assault. But, it turns out, he should not have been driving at all.

Police said Carlos Westbrook was texting and driving when he hit the 22-year-old as he was walking down Union Avenue near East Parkway.

"It's dangerous. It's uncalled for, and nobody is good enough to pull it off," Gary Lowry said. 

Lowry is a defensive driver expert and he is adamant that nobody is good enough to be able to text and drive.

Lowry said if the 22-year-old victim dies, Westbrook could be facing more than reckless driving charges.

"If he dies, this can go from reckless driving to criminally negligent homicide, and now you're talking about prison time," Lowry said.

Lowry teaches defensive driving courses.

"Texting and driving, distracted driving now accounted for 80 percent of all moving accidents," Lowry said.

According to police, when the crash happened, Westbrook was driving on a suspended license and had no insurance. It's a crash that almost claimed a man's life because police said Westbrook was reading a text message.

"It's dangerous and there's no excuse for it," Lowry said.

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