Minnesota police have accused a 16-year-old girl of killing a bicyclist because she was checking her Snapchat while driving, as reported by CBS Minnesota.
Paige Elizabeth Narveson has been charged with reckless driving and criminal vehicular homicide in the June 17 collision, which killed 56-year-old Phillip Andrew Ilg.
Narveson was driving a Ford Explorer which witnesses say swerved over the fog line and right onto the shoulder before hitting the 56-year-old, who was riding a bicycle at the time. The Minnesota State Patrol conducted a reconstruction of the collision and concluded that the teenager was driving 60 mph before slamming into Ilg, as reported by Mankato Free Press.
Police examined the 16-year-old’s phone and found that she had opened a Snapchat message just 50 seconds before calling 911, which would prove with reasonable certainty that she was looking at her phone at the time of the accident. Narveson allegedly denied she was looking at Snapchat and told police that she had glanced down at her phone to look at directions before hitting Ilg, as reported by Tribune Star.
The teenager possessed only a provisional driver’s license, according to the juvenile delinquency petition. Minnesota state law dictates that it is illegal for these license holders to grip a cellphone while behind the wheel of a car.
Phillip Andrew Ilg was pronounced dead at the scene. He leaves behind a wife and a daughter. The 56-year-old was put to rest on June 26.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA,) distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives in 2015 alone.
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