An 18-year-old woman from Texas died in her car Friday afternoon after a pickup truck driver crashed into her car while taking a court-ordered breathalyzer test.
The woman was reportedly backing her vehicle out of an Arlington driveway when the truck smashed into the passenger’s side. The impact was so strong that the woman died. Investigators said they haven’t found any signs on the road that the 31-year-old pickup driver tried to slow his car down. The man was not identified by the police.
The Arlington Police Department said the driver failed to see the young woman’s car since, during those seconds, he had his eyes off the road because of a breathalyzer test he was having. The driver thinks that it took only “three to four seconds” of distracted driving to have the accident.
The man was sober as the ignition interlock device in his car would have prevented him from starting the engine if he had been drinking.
Breathalyzer Used While Car Was Moving
Police said they were planning to look at the driver’s court order to see what exactly the court had instructed him to do. Police officers are also interested in the breathalyzer’s manual to see how the device is supposed to be operated on public roads.
Lt. Chris Cook of the Arlington Police Department said that he and his colleagues are concerned that a driver is allowed to operate an ignition equipment while the car is still moving.
The victim’s family described her as a person ‘larger than life’ who was loved by everyone and “touched so many people’s lives in just her short 18 years, more than most will touch in a lifetime”.
Police said that even though the driver was not impaired at the time of the crash, he could still face charges.
Image Source: Defense.gov