Police: Texting woman plows into cows (her name is Cowit)

Some things you cannot make up. In New York, a 21-year-old named Daisy Cowit is busy on her phone and, according to police, drives her Jeep into a herd of cows.

Cows tend to be conspicuous. Newhot5/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

This story isn't funny.

Yet, as with some things that aren't funny, humor attempts to creep in by a side door, as if it has picked the lock.

This is the story of Daisy Cowit. She is a 21-year-old who, according to police in Orange County, N.Y., was texting at the wheel of her Jeep on Monday.

Cowit is neither the first nor the last to allegedly text while driving. This habit has become second nature to far too many.

In her case, however, her carelessness offered an additional poignancy.

As the local Times Herald-Record reported, her attention had been drawn away to her cell phone, so much so that she plowed into 50 cows, which happened to have chosen that moment to cross the road. Perhaps they were following a chicken back to the farm.

The farmer to whom the cows belonged, Mike Hosking, offered this observation to his local newspaper: "If you don't see 50 cows in the road, you're doing something (you shouldn't be doing)."

While the police said that witnesses saw Cowit texting, she apparently insisted she was merely looking down at her phone to check an incoming call.

I am guessing that this must have been a lengthy look. After all, it dragged her away from the fact that there were 50 cows in the middle of the road.

In total, Cowit struck six or seven cows (depending which report you believe). Three were seriously hurt and have been operated on. One reportedly flew 5 feet into the air. Her Jeep Liberty was something of a wreck.

NBC New York reported that Cowit has been charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, reckless driving, driving while using a cell phone, and failure to exercise due care.

Her cowabunga moment might serve as a reminder that you never know what you might find in the middle of the road, and looking at your cell phone simply isn't worth taking the risk.

Especially if your name is Sheepit, Giraffeit, or Horseit.

 

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