Thursday, October 11, 2012

Texting kills prize winning cows

Last week was the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin.  Usually a handful of us make it to the show.  On the way home one of the Jersey winners had some really bad luck when he was involved in an accident with a texting driver.  The news story from Madison follows.  Remember to put the phone down when driving.

A 26-year-old woman who looked at a text message while driving on Saturday night in Madison, Wisconsin, crashed into a cattle trailer carrying eight prize-winning dairy cows, and as a result one of the cows was killed, according to news reports.

Police cited the woman, Katherine De Felice, of McFarland, Wisconsin, for inattentive driving after she “allegedly” caused the accident that resulted in the death of a prize-winning cow that was being driven home from the World Dairy Expo, Nick Heynen writes for the Wisconsin State Journal.
Police said De Felice was heading east on the Beltline at about 9:45 p.m. when she looked at a text message on her cell phone and swerved to the left, into the cattle trailer (which was also heading east), causing it to crash into a ditch and overturn. The collision caused the trailer to begin swaying and the driver of pickup pulling it was unable to maintain control, police said. The eight prize-winning cows in the trailer were valued at around $500,000, AP writes,