Police: Teen Was Texting Before Crashing Into Home

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.

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  • sabin

    I think that cell phone usage while driving should be considered extremely dangerous. No matter on how an experienced driver you are, a fraction of a second is enough to cause a major accident or someone else “this girl” could have crashed into another car.

  • 24paws

    Throw the book at this moron: her parents should take the keys, take her phone, and hopefully, she received a citation. Unfortunately, her parents will have to pay for damages to the house. Unbelievable — she’s terribly lucky she didn’t hurt or kill anyone. But this jerkwad really didn’t care, did she? After all…it’s all about HER.

  • scotirish

    I’m just wondering who her parents are going to file a lawsuit against all the way down to Turf Builder for making the grass to slick.

  • bobvee

    I think they should have parental controls on cell phone accounts so that the phone is not available during certain hours, or events. wouldn’t hurt to have the radio disabled as well. I had 7 accidents with my two teenagers in less than 7 months. only one was their fault, but the inexperience at that age meant they didn’t know how to anticipate or avoid. Takes a while to learn that.

  • Lisa

    I hope her spoiled butt gets her license taken away.

  • Special Forces

    Put her in jail for a year,and let bubba teach her a lesson.

  • iphish

    Cell phone use is out of control!, Cell phones need to be disabled while the vehicle engine is on! Those same folks that are going to complain about that statement are the problem. Enough already, put down the phone and drive your car

    • sabin

      +1 totally agree

  • Concerned

    NO ONE needs to be using a phone while the car is underway. So; disable ANY use of the devices while in motion with the exception of 911 calls. Passengers don’t need to talk either. Violators should be fined $500 first offense and $1500 for each and every subsequent time, no plea, no exceptions. If you need to talk, STOP! It’s not hard to figure out.

  • http://shane013a.wordpress.com shane013a

    Don’t know if anyone’s noticed but the police don’t even pay attention to violators when they drive by. I think we should be turning in the officers who let these blatant law busters continue. If a law is passed in this state it’s up to them to enforce it. I see people all day long trying to drive giant trucks and cars while snuggling a phone under their ear, bust em!!! Or bust the cops who don’t and them too!!!

  • Bobbi70

    These kids will NEVER learn. She needs to have her license suspended for 60 days and pay a $1500 min. fine. Make her walk or take the bus and maybe she will think twice about texting again. If not,. increase the suspension to six months and the fine to $5,000. They will eventually get the message; hopefully BEFORE they maim or kill someone.

  • dee

    Oh poor baby crashed her Lexus! Her parents will probably just give her a slap on the wrist because after all, it wasn’t HER fault!They will find someone else to blame: not their poor baby, I think they need to get the kids AND parents for stuff like this. But then again, how can kids be taught not to do something that the parents always do?

  • Gus

    I hope that the picture above is the smashed windshield dent from her head. These f’ing idiots never want to learn…

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