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Auto accident resulting in injured trooper linked to cell phone usage

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According to prosecutors, the woman who struck and seriously injured an Illinois state police trooped on Saturday was talking on her cell phone as she approached the trooper at 60 mph. The driver, Kimisha Moore, has been charged with aggravated reckless conduct.

The twenty-something trooper was conducting a traffic stop along the right shoulder of the Dan Ryan Expressway near 66th Street around 9:20 p.m. when the accident occurred. She suffered a broken pelvis and two broken legs, underwent surgery at Stroger Hospital, and was reported stable.

In January 2010 the National Safety Council (NSC) released a report that estimates that at least 1.6 million crashes (28 percent of all crashes) are caused each year by drivers talking on cellphones (1.4 million crashes) and texting (200,000 crashes). The estimate is based on data of driver cellphone use from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and from peer-reviewed research that quantifies the risks using cellphones and texting while driving.