Tweeting and Driving Suspected in Death of Dr. Frank Ryan

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Never drink and drive. That message has been drilled into our heads for decades. Now there is a newer threat: Texting/Tweeting/Facebooking and driving.

New reports indicate that Dr. Frank Ryan, plastic surgeon to Heidi Montag and other celebrities, was Tweeting just before his fatal car accident on Monday.

Ex-girlfriend Charmaine Blake said the surgeon “lived up in Malibu on a tiny street and he was texting while driving and he accidentally went over the cliff.”

People also confirmed with the California Highway Patrol that Ryan was Tweeting, although the official cause of the accident has still not been determined.

Dr. Frank Ryan was purportedly Tweeting about his border collie, Jill, when he lost control of his car. His final tweet was a photo of Jill atop a sand dune.

The dog survived injuries incurred in the crash.

Dr. Frank Ryan passed away after a car crash yesterday.

While often associated with teenagers, Ryan's reported texting and driving proves how this has become a serious and underrated problem for adult drivers as well.

Public service announcements and advocacy campaigns dedicated to highlighting the dangers of texting, etc., while driving have become more prevalent of late.

In addition to advocacy by governments, consumer groups and wireless companies, some states have even passed laws barring it, even if they allow phone calls.

Hopefully those measures, coupled with incidents like this latest tragedy, can serve as a reminder for others to put down the phone. You can Tweet and text later.

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