We have not yet closed our investigation and ruled on the manner of this woman’s death, but I think we are leaning toward (reckless) homicide.
Is driving distracted by eating or texting or doing your nails really any different than being distracted by the effects of alcohol?
Yes I know, and truly believe, that the driver’s self punishment is going to be greater than anything the court system could mete out, but that is no reason to not prosecute this case as you would any other similar case. If it is wrong, it is wrong. If you pursue it in some, you should pursue it in all. Reckless homicide is not restricted to cases in which intoxication is demonstrated.
Added: Interesting fact from an article I just came across
A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute showed that simple distractions - talking on a cell phone, reaching for something on the floor, looking too long at something on the side of the road - caused 80 percent of the crashes and 65 percent of the near-crashes observed.