Driver posing for selfie crashed into tree, police say

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Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.


If the police description of events is true, I fear few will be surprised.

Somehow, the selfie trend seems to have long ago overtaken any astonishment or even rational commentary.

In this case, Maine State Police say that a driver who had seven people in his car, felt the need to join in with a selfie they were taking.

As the Bangor Daily News reported, 29-year-old Jordan Toner allegedly leaned in to squeeze into frame. The Mazda CX5 then went off the road and crashed into a tree in Orient, Maine. The incident reportedly occurred on Saturday afternoon.

WCSH-TV offered that there were several injuries, including a fractured nose and neck and back injuries.

Toner was summonsed for distracted driving. A Maine State Police representative wasn’t immediately available for comment.

This is neither the first nor the last time that technology is said to have distracted a driver and resulted in injurious or even deadly accidents. This isn’t behavior that is confined to teenagers either.

Earlier this year, for example, a Wisconsin woman was allegedly scanning Facebook while driving. She was involved in a crash that killed three children.

Videos have been posted of drivers using their cell phones, headphones and laptops all at the same time.

It doesn’t seem to do much good.

Technology has encouraged the always-connected mentality. We’re supposed to constantly be online and available. We’re supposed to constantly post what we’re doing and pose for pictures to prove we’re doing it.

So we take selfies, send texts and scan Facebook while we’re driving.

Sometimes, that can have extremely painful consequences.

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