Driver's Texting Allegedly Resulted In Crash That Killed Baby
A Louisiana driver was arrested after allegedly texting and speeding before crashing into another vehicle, killing a 5-month-old baby.
Police arrested Jessica Cowart, 23, with negligent homicide, negligent injuring, and reckless operation charges on November 9, reports WAFB.
Cowart slammed her 2015 GMC Sierra into the Hyundai Tuscan baby Reese Graham and his mother were driving on October 11. The crash pushed the Hyundai into a 2005 Saturn Ion, injuring the baby.
Reese was hospitalized but died two days later.
After authorities issued warrants for her arrest, CowartÂ turned herself in.
She was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center and is now being held on a $51,000 bond.
News of the crash saddened and upset many, sparking debate on social media.
Some were outraged by Cowart's "irresponsible" and "evil" behavior and demanded she suffer the full extent of the law.
"I hope they throw her UNDER that prison for what she did to my niece." wrote one woman claiming to be Reese's aunt on WAFB's Facebook post about the incident.
"This id*ot knew the risks she was taking by looking down at that phone." added another. "So I hope her time in prison is nothin but pure hell and torture. She needs to suffer because Gabby is now suffering because of her stupid decisions."
However, others sympathized with both Cowart and the baby's family. While many agreed the "phone addicted" Cowart's actions were "foolish", but pointed out she did not intend to kill the child. They argue wishing her nothing but "torture" is harsh when she made an -- admittedly fatal -- mistake.
"People are so vindictive." wrote one person. "But if it was your daughter on the block you'd be slower to want her to swing. People screw up. Sometimes they do so in horrifying fashion. But like all phone addicted people, she had no intention of harm. And I hate to break it to you, but murdering the woman and feeding her to the crows won't bring the poor child back, nor does it offer any chance of repentance or of any good to come of this. So unless you would beg to be killed as painfully as possible if you made a terrible mistake, stop equating a foolish person with an evil one."
Unfortunately, Cowart is just one of many drivers who have allegedly texted and drove themselves into an accident.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyday about 9 people are killed in America and more than 1,000 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.