Too much satnav could kill you

2012-10-19 10:51

LONDON, England - An inquest into the accident that killed Laura-Louise Salford, 17, has claimed the cause of the accident might have been the teenagers’ TomTom satnav.

The Daily Mail reported that Salford may have been concentrating too much on her new satnav, which gave no warning of the upcoming crossroads where the collision happened.


Salford, driving a Toyota Aygo bought for her by her parents, was on her way to the beach with some friends. On their way home the satnav device failed to indicate a crossroads ahead so she assumed she right-of-way and drove straight across and into the path of a  van, which killed her instantly.

Glen Simpson, the van's driver, said: "Out of the corner of my eye I saw something black. There was nowhere I could go, I collided straight into the side of the car."

According to the Daily Mail, driving conditions were good and there was no evidence either vehicle was breaking the speed limit. Ian Clark, an accident investigator, followed the route taken by Salford using the same satnav and concluded the student’s over-reliance on the device may have been a factor.


"The road signs are there, they are clearly visible. Why they weren’t seen or observed is not possible to comment on," he tesified. “The satnav they were using is telling you the next place where you are required to make an adjustment is further on. If you are travelling and the road is straight on at a crossroads, a satnav will give you no indication.

“I think unwittingly she followed the satnav religiously and it lulled her into a false sense of the belief they had right of way at this junction.”

Salford’s friends, Anna Johnson and Kimberley Wright, were injured in the accident. Johnson said she was knocked out by the impact: “I remember waking up and seeing Laura’s face. She didn’t speak, she wasn’t moving.”

Rosemary Baxter, an assistant deputy coroner, recorded a verdict of accidental death, saying it was impossible to say why Laura had not stopped at the crossroads.

TomTom refused to comment.

  • klaus.walter.7146 - 2012-10-19 13:37

    Famous inscription on a gravestone,.."Here lies my brother, he had right of way".

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-10-19 13:51

    i guess that's why they come with disclaimers - cant blame it on tomtom

  • Vickers - 2012-10-19 14:32

    Loosing a child must be the worst thing that can happen to any one. But one feels that we are dealing with a generation of techno junkies living in lala land. She could have killed many other people in the process. Sounds like a candidate for a Darwin award. I am not to sure if this is true but the email doing the rounds about teenagers and cell phone and the Einstein quote: "I fear the day when the technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will only have a generation of idiots." seems to be rather appropriate.

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