Skip to main content

See this crash? It was caused by a cellphone distraction

The driver, fortunately, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

In case you needed a reminder why you should keep your cellphone quiet and out of reach when driving, this is it.

The image above is the damage caused to an SUV that rolled several times after its driver became distracted by his phone while driving in Stearns County early Tuesday morning.

According to Sheriff Don Gudmundson, 26-year-old Raymundo Villavieencio-Quijas was driving along County Road 43 at around 2:27 a.m. when the distraction happened.

At a speed of 56 mph, the momentary distraction led to him driving into a ditch, causing his SUV to roll multiple times before coming to rest.

Villavieencio-Quijas went to a nearby home to call for help. Fortunately he was wearing a seatbelt and managed to escape with non-life-threatening injuries.

Follow Bring Me The News on Flipboard for the latest stories

He was treated at St. Cloud Hospital before being issued a citation for driving after suspension, use of a telecommunication device and careless driving.

Distraction is one of the leading causes of crashes in Minnesota.

Driver distraction was cited as a contributing factor in 6.5 percent of multiple vehicle crashes in Minnesota last year, and was the cause of eight deaths on Minnesota roads.

Next Up

University of minnesota sign

U of M gives some students 50% off meals for September after complaints

Students have complained about an array of issues surrounding dining halls.

image

Gallery: Sprawling estate near Superior National Forest listed for $2.9M

The property has been in the same family for over 60 years.

Screen Shot 2022-09-27 at 2.51.49 PM

Surgery clinic proposed to replace 111-year-old farmhouse in Eagan

A developer is proposing to transform the remnant farm property.

Hurricane Ian

Why Hurricane Ian could be catastrophic in Florida

Hurricanes are the atmosphere’s biggest show of force and energy, and Hurricane Ian is no exception.

image

Suspect arrested after man and dog shot on St. Paul's East Side

The shooting happened around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

MissingBemidjiTeenBCA

Bemidji police appeal to find missing teenager

Tahlia Poitra was last seen Wednesday.

PacoAndLime

Crisp & Green owner launches new chain, with 12 MN locations planned

Steele Brands already owns and operates Crisp & Green and Stalk & Spade.

0

New vendor to open at Rosedale Center food hall

POTLUCK Food Hall offers a rotating collection of local restaurants and food retailers.

MadelynHowardMugMonroeCo

Woman charged in drunk driving incident that killed Minnetonka HS alum

Nate Stratton, 20, died from his injuries on Sept. 18.

Related

Teen taking driving test crashes into exam office

The examiner suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Screen Shot 2019-10-08 at 10.17.17 AM

Mother crashes into ditch as she swerved to avoid dead deer

The mother was injured, but her two kids were not.

1 dead in crash between SUV, ATV in central Minnesota

The ATV driver died after being struck from behind.

Man with 17 DWIs charged with causing 4-vehicle crash

The crash in Vermillion Township left one with substantial injuries.

ambulance

1 dead, 1 airlifted following head-on crash in Stearns County

A 48-year-old died and a 35-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries.