Cops: Texting While Driving Causes Tragedy In Bklyn

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — It was just Tuesday that the Department of Transportation held hearings describing texting while driving as “an epidemic.”

But in our area the proof is personal.

On Tuesday night a Brooklyn father was lying in a coma, fighting for his life. He was hit by a woman, who police said who was texting while driving.

CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman spoke with his emotional daughter.

Anna Lin said in the hospital she tries to put on a brave face.

“So probably you think I’m not as sad. But in here, I could feel myself …,” Lin said before breaking down.

Anna’s father, Tiang Sheng Lin, was about to make a left turn on a motorized scooter when police said he was hit from behind by a Toyota Camry. The impact sent him over the scooter and he hit his head on the ground. Police said that the driver, a 19-year-old, was texting and distracted.

Guzman visited the home of driver, Nechama Rothberger, who is now out on bail. On the other side of the door, a female voice said, “Sorry. I have nothing to say.” In the driveway was a Toyota Camry.

Anna Lin then asked what would happen if she had hit the driver’s father.

“If I say ‘sorry’ to her, is she going to forgive me?” Anna asked.

David Sobiloff is the lawyer for the Lin family.

“His condition is very grave. He’s in a coma. He has massive brain injuries. He’s had multiple fractures,” Sobiloff said.

“He cannot talk. He cannot move,” Anna added.

And the oldest child of three remembers how her father used to playfully scare her from behind with a loud noise in her ear.

“He used to make a loud noise in my ear,” Anna said through tears. “Now it’s quiet! Whole family is quiet! My house is quiet.”

They don’t know if he will ever come out of the coma.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s office is monitoring Lin’s condition in the event charges against the 19-year-old driver have to be upgraded to a felony.

  • dont drive and text

    If cops on duty and off duty drive and talk on cell phones and text, why other people should be penalized for it?
    Let PC Kelly deal with cops first
    When I drive I talk via blutooth and NEVER text while driving.

  • DanTe

    Woops! Just saw a picture of the c\/nt Nechama. It can’t help it. It’s obviously developmentally challenged.

    Look at it (blarg):

  • DanTe

    So when are we finally going to get laws to exterminated these genetic rejects who text, drink, dope while driving?

    Answer: Never. The dirty drunken pols all do this and they don’t want any laws that would impact them.

  • Roy

    There is no enforcement of the cell phone/texting laws,thus people feel free to drive and talk,drive and text,drive and shave,drive and put on makeup….and this is just one of the many tragic consequences of these foolish behaviors. POLICE WAKE UP it’s time to do your jobs,and write some summonses.tThe donuts can wait

  • Terry g

    the driver should be executed to set an example

  • Johnny

    Looks like we need more laws. Quick, someone call Chuck Schumer!

  • Textuality Online

    This is horrible news. When will people realize that texting while driving is at least as dangerous as drinking while driving? What will it take for texting while driving to carry the same stigma as drinking while driving? If you share our concerns about and our contempt for texting while driving, visit our website and help us spread the word today/

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