Sunday 25 January 2015

Katy Man Dies in Texting-While-Driving Accident

A Katy man is dead after crashing into an 18-wheeler in an accident police said was caused by texting while driving.

The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday on Texas Hwy. 105 in Navasota when the driver of a late model Ford Crown Victoria struck the rear of a parked big rig.

According to investigating troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the driver was apparently distracted from driving because he was texting when the crash occurred.

The driver was identified as 56-year-old Katy resident Scott Randell Sarber.

DPS Trooper Kenneth Balzekas told reporters that Sarber was so involved with his messaging that he never even attempted to stop prior to striking the back of the 18-wheeler.

“He was on the computer and texting and doing stuff on the palm pilot at the time of the crash,” Balzekas said. “It was smashed between him and the steering wheel and was still on with partial messaging. He was looking down. That would explain why he never hit the brakes and never steered.”

Sarber died on impact. He was pronounced dead by Grimes County Justice of the Peace John LeFlore.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was taken to an area hospital complaining of neck pain.

Both drivers were reportedly wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

The investigation is continuing.

Last year, the Texas Department of Transportation reported 361 fatal accidents across the state due to texting while driving.


  1. westsidebill says:

    I feel sorry for the Sarber family and the two drivers in the truck who were injured in the crash. Texting while driving SHOULD be illegal everywhere by everyone – PERIOD. If there’s a silver lining, only one person was killed in what could have been worse than a DUI crash.

  2. KISD_parent says:

    I’m just glad he didn’t kill anyone else.

    “Last year, the Texas Department of Transportation reported 361 fatal accidents across the state due to texting while driving.”

    This is just the ones they know about. How many of those killed were not even texting and were driving how they were supposed to be driving? How many people weren’t killed, but were hurt or had property damage due to texting (or talking on the phone) while driving?

    I wish our governor considered this important enough allow anti texting while driving bills to become law.

  3. beachgirl says:

    Gov. Perry vetoed the cell phone bill at the last session because he felt it was “too instrusive in our lives”. Really? I hope he reconsiders it again this time. How many more people have to die before we ban cell phone/computer usage while driving?? You can’t be 100% focused on driving, if you are texting or yakking on the phone and the accidents you cause PROVE THAT!

    • westsidebill says:

      And he’s 100% correct. It’s FAR more invasive to regulate texting while driving than it is in Dan Patrick’s law that forces doctors to insert medical instruments into women’s private areas if they make a legal decision regarding their pregnancy. Thank God that we have Perry, Patrick and others knowing the difference between “invasive” and “inconvenient”!

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