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Police investigating cause of fatal crash

Updated: 05/21/2014 10:08 PM | Created: 05/21/2014 11:28 AM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Belen Police say they are investigating what distracted a driver who crashed into a man, killing him.

Belen Police Chief Dan Robb says 50-year-old Davida Meyers admitted to looking down when she crashed into a 97-year-old driver on I-25 Wednesday morning.

Chief Robb says they are working to get a warrant to search the woman's phone to see if she was texting at the time of the crash.  The deadly crash came just a day after the local documentary "Driven to Distraction" premiered.

Neuroscientist Andrew Mayer was interviewed for the documentary.  He says the brain can only process so much at one time.

"Almost everybody thinks that they are capable of multi-tasking and doing everything...that's why you see people texting and driving and talking on the phone and driving," Mayer said.  "But in reality the brain has a finite number of resources and if you tax the brain too much, your performance goes way down."

There are phone applications that will disable your phone while you are in motion.  There is also a device to install in your car called "Cell Control" that disables your phone even at 1 mile per hour.


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