Was Corzine’s driver distracted by e-mail?

| 4/24/2007

State Police in New Jersey are investigating an allegation that the trooper who was driving Gov. John Corzine when their SUV crashed may have been distracted by text messages sent to his cell phone or Blackberry.

Investigators have already determined that the SUV was doing 91 mph just prior to the crash, which left Corzine critically injured.

According to the Star-Ledger of Newark, a Berkley Heights police sergeant has come forward, saying he sent an e-mail to trooper Robert Rasinski shortly before the crash, confronting Rasinski over his alleged two-year-long affair with his wife.

In late March, state Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Trenton, introduced a bill that would levy fines of up to $250 for motorists who are caught sending text messages while driving. That bill, however, has not been passed into law.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Gov. Corzine’s doctors say he’s shown great improvement in the past few days and may be released from the hospital within a week.