Police have arrested an Ohio woman who allegedly ran over two middle school girls, killing them and critically injuring a third child. The woman was allegedly texting at the time of the incident, according to the Akron Beacon.
According to the Canton Repository, Natasha Boggs, 24, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and a count of tampering with records. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said the charges stem from a Memorial Day weekend crash that killed Taylor Galloway, 14, and her classmate, Amber Thoma, 14, and severely injured a 15-year-old boy.
Galloway and Thoma were walking on the side of the road with two seventh-grade boys on May 28 when Boggs allegedly traveled over the divider line and struck them. Galloway was pronounced dead at the scene. Thoma was transported to a local hospital where she later died.
Classmates told reporters that the 15-year-old boy sustained a cracked neck vertebrae, an injured skull, and a broken ankle. The second boy walked away from the crash unharmed.
There is only a foot of pavement between the grass and the white edge line. The speed limit on the single lane road is 40 mph.
Summit County Sheriff’s Inspector Bill Holland wouldn’t disclose what exactly caused Boggs to veer over the fog line, saying, “The investigation revealed she was texting while driving. I’ll leave it at that.”
Holland noted that the tampering with evidence charge stemmed from Boggs deleting her texts.
The 24-year-old was taken to the Summit County Jail. Cleveland.com has reported that Boggs’ first court appearance has not been scheduled.
[Featured Image: Summit County Jail]