We have all heard the stories of GPS devices alerting drivers to turn onto train tracks, where inevitably the oncoming freight train is just seconds away. However, as frequent users of GPS technology, we know that the devices are not foolproof to get you to your exact final destination. Once you are on the correct street, you have to use your brain. Although the trigonometric triangulation from the US gov’t satellites may pinpoint your location, the mapping ain’t there. Yet. Too many times have I personally been notified to look for a house on the left when it comes up on the right hand side. Or finding a specific terminal at an airport is a futile exercise in frustration- whether it is Navtech or TeleNav.
But your GPS getting you killed from an overzealous home defender? That’s just crazy.
(CBS/AP) LILBURN, Ga. – A 69-year-old suburban Atlanta man faces a murder charge after authorities say he shot and killed a 22-year-old man who had mistakenly driven into his driveway.
An arrest warrant states that Rodrigo Abad Diaz of Duluth, Ga., was fatally shot in the head Saturday as he tried to drive away from Phillip Sailors’ home in Lilburn, northeast of Atlanta.
According to Diaz’s friends, who were in the vehicle at the time of the incident, the 22-year-old had received incorrect directions from a GPS device which led him to Sailors’ driveway, the Atlantic Journal-Constitution reports. They were in the area to pick up a friend.
Sailors’ attorney, Michael Puglise, tells The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he was home with his wife late at night, and assumed the young man arrived to commit a home invasion. Puglise says Sailors was defending his home and maintains his innocence.
Gwinnett County Jail records show that Sailors was being held on a murder charge.