Woman in wheelchair struck in crosswalk, believes driver was texting behind the wheel

Woman hit by car

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A Grand Rapids woman in a wheelchair says she believes the driver that struck her was distracted and looking down at her phone.

Police say Kris Drayton, 59, was in the crosswalk and had the green light when she was hit by a SUV while crossing Plainfield Avenue at Rupert Street Tuesday, June 6.

Drayton was rushed to the hospital with broken ribs, a punctured lung and several cuts and scrapes.

She thinks the 37-year-old woman driving the vehicle was distracted and using her phone. “I saw her looking down,” she recalls.

But Grand Rapids police say texting while driving is very difficult to prove. The driver was ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

Drayton says she didn’t even apologize. “No, and that's what upsets me the most,” she says. “She could have apologized right there and said 'I’m sorry.' But she didn't. She didn't say any of that.”

Because it is so difficult to prove, Grand Rapids police have not issued a single texting while driving citation since the state ban was enacted seven years ago.

The Michigan Legislature is considering a bill that would not only make it illegal to text, but also make calls, check-e-mail, use Twitter or Facebook or browse the Internet.

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