Texting Driver Causes Injury Accident, Police Say

A motorist was cited for texting while driving after Smithfield Police said he caused a two-vehicle accident that sent one person to the hospital.

Emergency crews responded to the 8:00AM Friday collision on Highway 70 (Market Street) at Campbell Street in West Smithfield.
According to an accident report, Jose Antonio Huerta Jaimes, 25, of Smithfield was traveling eastbound on Highway 70 in a 2007 GMC pickup when the front of his vehicle struck the rear corner of a 2005 Chrysler passenger car that was stopped for traffic.  Police said Jaimes was traveling at 35 miles per hour in a 35mph zone when he struck the corner of the stationary car.

The driver of the Chrysler, Donna Campbell Watson, 55, of Clayton, sustained minor injuries and was transported by Johnston County EMS to Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield. Jaimes and two passengers in his truck, ages 17 and 31, were not injured.

Jaimes reportedly told police he was distracted because he was using his cell phone.   Jaimes was cited by Officer J.D. Barbour for texting while driving.  Police said the GMC truck sustained an estimated $1,200 in damage and the Chrysler $900 in damage.