Richmond, California – On September 19, 2016, at approximately 10:53 am, an unidentified man was exiting a Fish Market heading East for a fishing trip. In an exclusive interview in the home with the brother of the identified man, now JaVonte Asean Prothro, 29, single father of two, it appeared as thought Mr. Prothro could have possibly been distracted during a cell phone text/conversation which was the critical clue to the deceased not being able to succumb his injuries. According to the facts and statistics under the law, Distraction.gov states:
“Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction, as it is quoted on the website. If Mr. Prothro was contacted by friends to meet at the fishing point of contact on September 19, 2016, then why wasn’t a ticket issued by the National Highway Safety Administration the day of the murder against the Severe Gang Member driver? According to the Fatal Crashes, Drivers in Fatal Crashes, and Fatalities, in 2013, out of 30,057 crashes there were 2,910 distracted-affected crashes leading to death and 411 Cellphone In Use deaths.
What was JaVonte Prothro’s story on the day of September 19, 2016, and why has this critical information not be shared with the public? Drivers between the ages of 20-29 are listed as the highest group of individuals who loss their lives out of 10,427 individuals marking it as 23% of the national population resulting in death in the Nations Most Dangerous City, Richmond, California. Now that the grieving period has slowed down for the Prothro Family, let’s examine closer why and how Severe Team Gang memberships operate and fit into the Distracted Driver category for Washington, DC. What about the pedestrians that day of September 19, 2016? Otilio Martinez, 18, also fell victim to the same gun violence while someone was driving causing a distraction-affected death. Too many children and young adults are lost to gun violence and Distracted Driver violence and it is time to take a stand and open the door for discussion. Remember JaVonte Prothro,29 and Otilio Martinez, 18, does not end with the funeral arraignments, it begins with the findings, methodologies, and laws to vote out gang-gun violence tomorrow.