Man killed by driver texting behind the wheel

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OXFORD, Ala. (WIAT) — Twenty-seven-year-old Rodrick Montgomery is facing charges of manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and texting while driving.

Oxford police say Montgomery admitted he was texting when he hit Ricky Suddarth along Barry Street and left the scene. Police used debris from the scene to trace the vehicle back to Montgomery.

Alabama banned texting while driving in 2012.

Statistics from the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama show distracted driving was the cause for more than 1400 wrecks in Alabama in 2010.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Safety, Since the law went into effect Aug. 1, 2012, Alabama law enforcement officers have issued 424 citations for texting while driving. Alabama State Troopers issued 358 of those. While the rest are from Hoover PD (15), Daphne PD (6), Oneonta PD  (3), Pelham PD (16) and University of Alabama PD (26).

Montgomery is currently out on a $30,000 bond.

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