It takes a special kind of person to not worry about nearly killing someone. But that's exactly what happened in a nearly fatal accident in Australia.
A 21-year-old woman behind the wheel sent and received 44 texts just moments before striking a cyclist with her car. And after she had hit him, she stopped about 100 yards down the road and refused to offer him help.
The woman was fined $4,500 and her driving license was suspended for nine months. She was originally charged with 47 offenses - for each time she used her phone and for striking the cyclist.
The cyclist was sent to the hospital with a spinal fracture and was rushed into surgery. He also suffered lacerations to his face and body and a broken big toe.
When the cyclist was originally admitted to the hospital, he was told that he could be left a parapalegic. He spent three months recovering from his wounds.
But the most shocking thing about this incident is the driver's response to police two days after the collision.
“I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of [expletive] and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it,” she told a police officer.
“I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist. I wasn’t on my phone when I hit the cyclist.”
The cyclist was on the edge of the road when he was struck by the vehicle. He had lights on the front and back of his bicycle.
What do you think? Did this driver get what she deserved?