An eastern Iowa woman is being charged with using her cell phone or other device, and not paying attention to the road, when she slammed into the back of a semi in rural Linn County.


It happened at about 10am Wednesday (May 29) on Highway 30, southeast of Atkins. A semi tractor and trailer driven by 68 year old Gary Peck of North Liberty, had slowed to make a turn, when he was rear-ended by car driven by 27 year old Bethany Smith of Cedar Rapids.

Smith was taken to Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Smith is being charged with using an Electronic Communication Device While Driving, Following Too Close, No Valid Drivers License, and No Insurance.