Police say a 16-year-old Crystal Lake girl drove her Lexus into the attached garage of a house while texting, as reported by the Northwest Herald. There were no injuries and the house was declared habitable following the crash.
The teen was driving a 1998 Lexus ES300 on Country Club Rd. in Crystal Lake when the car went off a curve, across the front lawn and into the house. Both the car and the house sustained extensive damage, which you can see for yourself by viewing the photo accompanying the Herald article.
It's not a DUI and doesn't warrant criminal charges but Chicago DUI lawyers will tell you that a distracted driver is sometimes just as dangerous as an intoxicated one.
Officers investigated the girl's phone and discovered both incoming and outgoing text messages at roughly the time of the crash, according to Deputy Chief Gene Lowery of the Crystal Lake Police Department. The other party to the text messages confirmed that the two had been communicating at the time of the crash.
Gene Lowery also stated that the girl didn't dispute the distracted driving charge:
"When she was interviewed concerning the accident and presenting those facts, she did admit that she was texting at the time of the accident."
She was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision and improper use of an electronic communications device and released to her parents. Texting while driving was outlawed in Illinois on January 1, 2010 but critics of the law say it hasn't had any effect on distracted driving incidents.
Gene Lowery stated how fortunate the girl was that no one was hurt:
"It does point out that especially with inexperienced drivers, but with any driver, you have to have your focus on the road. Anything can happen within a matter of a few seconds that could alter your life."
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