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Chelsea Lunt (16) died in a wreck due to text messaging with a boy while driving
Published: Jun 19, 2009 @ 4:56 AM
Chelsea Lunt (16)
Jan 21, 2009
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Last Wednesday, 16-year-old Chelsea Lunt was texting on her way to Decatur High School just before losing control of her pickup truck. The truck flipped five times after she tried to overcorrect it before landing in the ditch on U.S. 81/287, just short of the FM 730 exit. Lunt was killed instantly in the car accident. Although she was wearing a seat belt, her body was partially ejected and she suffered major head injuries.
Lunt was on her way to track practice and had been texting a boy during the drive. 11 messages had been sent to the boy on her drive to school-the last was at 6:51 a.m.-the time of the accident, which was called in two minutes later.
Witness statements revealed that the sophomore had been swerving in her lane, an indication that she might have been distracted by something. An accident investigation, which will continue for weeks as police await test results, revealed that texting was the absolute cause of the tragic wreck.
According to an article published a year ago in U.S. News and World Report, approximately 20 percent of people on the roads were texting while driving. I'm sure that number has increased in the last year. Already, texting and driving has been banned in New Jersey and Washington, and 16 other states were considering legislation that would ban the distracting activity. Most of these states are in the Midwest and on the East Coast, but unfortunately, Texas is not among them.
The good news is Texas does recognize texting-and using a cell phone in general, while driving as dangerous. Already, several cities in North Texas ban the use of cell phones, including texting, in school zones. Hopefully, our state will jump on board soon as far as extending the ban to major roads and highways.
Funeral services for Lunt-a star athlete in volleyball and track, were Saturday in Decatur, Texas.
Texting Confirmed Cause of Fatal Decatur, Texas Car Wreck
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