Weber High student urges teen drivers to be safe after dropped muffin, crash

Mar 28 2012 - 6:08am

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Gabby Correa, 16, accidentally drove this truck into a home at 1556 E. 2950 North in North Ogden as she glanced down to retrieve a fallen muffin Tuesday. No one was injured. (MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Gabby Correa, 16, accidentally drove this truck into a home at 1556 E. 2950 North in North Ogden as she glanced down to retrieve a fallen muffin Tuesday. Here, she talks with Heather Jenkins (center) and Jenkins' son, Zachary, near the truck and the skid marks it left on the driveway and in the grass. Jenkins lives nearby. (MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Gabby Correa, 16, accidentally drove this truck into a home at 1556 E. 2950 North in North Ogden as she glanced down to retrieve a fallen muffin Tuesday. No one was injured. (MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)
Gabby Correa, 16, accidentally drove this truck into a home at 1556 E. 2950 North in North Ogden as she glanced down to retrieve a fallen muffin Tuesday. Here, she talks with Heather Jenkins (center) and Jenkins' son, Zachary, near the truck and the skid marks it left on the driveway and in the grass. Jenkins lives nearby. (MATTHEW ARDEN HATFIELD/Standard-Examiner)

NORTH OGDEN -- A lunchtime snack proved to be a recipe for near disaster Tuesday for a 16-year-old driver.

Gabby Correa was driving her dad's Chevrolet truck west on 2950 North around 1 p.m., munching on a lemon-poppy seed muffin en route to Weber High School. The muffin fell out of her hand and landed on her arm.

Gabby glanced down to retrieve the muffin, and when she looked up again, the truck was barreling toward a house at 1556 E. 2950 North.

"I was about 6 feet away from the house," she said after the accident while sitting next to the truck on the front lawn of the home. "I slammed my foot on the brakes."

Gabby was unable to stop the truck in time to avoid striking the front steps and railing of the house, causing minor damage.

Click here to see Gabby Correa urge her peers to be safe

No one was home at the time of the crash. The only thing hurt was Gabby's pride. She received a citation from North Ogden police.

The tires on the truck were flattened, but the vehicle received no significant damage.

Heather Jenkins, who lives near the scene of the accident, said the crash is concerning because cars traveling too fast pose a danger to neighborhood children.

Gabby said she learned a valuable lesson from the accident.

"It's my mistake, and it's one of the lessons that I have to learn in my life," she told the Standard-Examiner.

"Every teenager ... should really be careful, and they need to take responsibility when they drive, and not eat in the car and have distractions, and have their seat belts on, because you could really hurt someone."

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