FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fort Myers Police sent WINK News pictures showing the aftermath of a violent wreck. They say the driver had her eyes on her phone and not the road.
We spoke to the driver, who doesn't want to be identified. She said it happened in an instant. "When I got out of the car, I just started screaming, 'I was texting and I am sorry, I was texting."
Thursday afternoon, a 25-year-old driver was crossing the Edison Bridge into Fort Myers when she lost control. Police estimate she was speeding at around 60 miles an hour when she slammed into a sign, skidded across the grass and smashed into a tree on Fowler Street. The driver tells WINK News she was on her way to adopt a cat. "I was trying to read directions off a text message," she said. " I was speeding and when I looked up, I just saw a tree. There was nothing I could do. I was not paying attention for so long I went from the middle all the way over to the right, banged into a tree."
When she came to, she was covered in blood. "I broke my nose in several places and my bottom lip was lacerated so bad I almost lost it," she said.
Fort Myers Police say, despite the statewide texting ban that went into effect last October they're still spotting people on their phones behind the wheel. "Driving is hard enough without trying to work a mobile device, especially now. The last couple of days, we had inclement weather," Lt. Victor Medico said. "You start adding all these things up and it's a recipe for disaster."
Just a couple weeks ago, FMPD released scary video showing a car crashing into a sign, a tree and then flipping over. The driver admitted he'd been texting.
The driver who crashed on Thursday has some advice for other drivers. "Just don't do it," she said. "Put it down. You think you are aware and you think you can double-task but you can't when you are driving."