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.