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Distracted driving may be factor in fatal crash

As distracted driving continues to get more attention in Minnesota and around the country, it is important for people to learn about accidents that may be influenced by a driver's use of a phone or other device while behind the wheel. The more awareness that is brought to the problem of distracted driving, the more laws and other things may eventually be changed in an effort to improve safety for everyone on the roads.

In the meantime, crashes continue to happen that may well be caused or at least influenced by cell phone use. One example is a wreck that took place along a stretch of Wisconsin 35 last autumn. A teenage girl who was 16 was said to be driving a sport utility vehicle in Troy heading north. Another car in an adjacent lane moved into the SUVs lane, cutting that 16-year-old driver off, forcing her to try and avoid a collision. In the end, the teen driver not only crashed but died at the scene of the wreck.

The driver that is said to have caused the accident was reportedly seen by a witness potentially using a phone while operating her car just prior to the incident. The woman has since been charged with homicide by vehicle. Multiple controlled substances were found in her vehicle and two bags of marijuana were on her person. She was also driving without a valid license.

After a crash in which distraction may have been a factor, Minnesota residents may want to discuss their options for justice and compensation with an attorney.

Source: TwinCities.com Pioneer Press, "Minnesota woman charged in crash that killed western Wisconsin teen," Mike Longaecker, June 3, 2017

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