Local woman talks about losing husband in distracted driving incident

Judy Noble urges people to concentrate on road, not cellphone

POSTED: 08:06 PM PDT Apr 17, 2013 
Texting and driving, distracted driving

Judy Noble of Palm Desert unfortunately knows all too well about the consequences of distracted driving.  Her husband, 65-year-old Dan Cotty was killed in December 2011 when he was involved in an accident at an intersection not far from where the couple lived in Yucca Valley.

According to the San Bernardino County sheriff's incident report, Cotty's car was hit by a woman driving an SUV with two children aboard, as she glanced at her cellphone.

"And in that second, that one second it took for that person to look at the phone her vehicle had gone through a stop sign, T-boned my husband and the SUV the driver was in rolled I think twice," said Noble.

While the driver of the SUV and the children were not seriously hurt,  the most recent statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show the number of Americans killed in distracted driving wrecks rose 8 percent in 2011 to more than 3,300.

What frustrates Noble is despite the death toll, a lot of motorists aren't getting the message.

"I still see people driving down the road on this block and I tell you, it's really hard for me not to say, 'You -- hang up and then drive,'" said Noble, who can't help but think she'd still have her husband if everyone followed her advice.

"Every day is a struggle because I lost my other half, my best friend.  There's a huge hole," said Noble.