Texting driver killed in head-on crash, say troopers

Texting driver killed in head-on crash, say troopers

Credit: Washington State Patrol

The driver of this car was killed after colliding head-on with a box truck near Olympia, Wash. on Friday, Feb. 18, 2011. Troopers say she was texting moments before the crash.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on February 19, 2011 at 12:02 AM

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A driver was texting on her cell phone moments before being killed in a head-on crash near Olympia Friday, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The 22-year-old was on State Route 12 when her 2005 Mazda 3 crossed the centerline and hit a 1995 Freightliner box truck heading the opposite direction.

An open cell phone was found on the floorboard during the investigation. Troopers determined the driver had been texting moments before the crash, which they say explains why she would go over the centerline on a straightaway.

The man driving the box truck was not injured.

The truck was hauling drums of iodine and bleach used for sterilization in dairy operations. The Department of Ecology was called in to prevent spillage into Scatter Creek.

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