Monday, April 20, 2009

Father Charged After Texas Crash Kills 5 Children

Chanton Jenkins has been charged with 4 counts of intoxication manslaughter. This is one charge for each child found dead so far. Jenkins was the father to 3 of the children found.

Apparently the road was slick from rain, and Jenkins was distracted by his cellphone that rang. He lost control of the vehicle when he hung up the phone. The car flew down an embankment into a ditch.

The heavy rains started carrying the vehicle downstream. Jenkins' brother, a passenger, escaped along with a 10 year old girl. (she is Jenkins' daughter)

When I first saw this story, it brought tears to my eyes. So many accidents are caused by cellphones. They are a distraction and should not be used while driving. Another cause is the intoxification of the driver... He failed a field sobriety test at the scene.

This man deserves everything he will get for these deaths and for driving while intoxicated. Nothing will bring these children back, from a mistake of pure stupidity.