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Text Messaging While Driving (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

Text Messaging While Driving (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

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CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. (STMW) – A northwest suburban teenage girl was apparently text messaging just before she lost control and smashed the Lexus she was driving into a home Sunday afternoon.

Police and firefighters responded to the 800 block of Wedgewood Drive in Crystal Lake about 1 p.m. and found a 1998 Lexus ES300 had struck a home, a release from Crystal Lake police said.

The driver of the car, a 16-year-old Crystal Lake girl, was not injured and no one in the home sustained injuries, the release said.

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The teen was driving west on Country Club Drive when she left the roadway at a curve and traveled across a lawn before striking the home, causing extensive damage to both the car and building, the release said.

Police learned the girl was using a cell phone to send and receive text messages just prior to the crash, the release said. She was issued citations for failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision and improper use of an electronic communication device.

She was released to a parent, pending prosecution, the release said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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