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Teen Killed Texting While Driving, Kids Safety Alert

December 26, 2011 at 4:05 PM

texting while driving car crashTeen and kids safety alert: Alexis Summers, age 17, was killed in a fatal car crash as she texted at the wheel while driving early in November. What makes her death particularly poignant is the fact that she died only 8 hours after her home state of Pennsylvania passed a bill to make texting while driving illegal.

On the way home from visiting her boyfriend, Alexis's car left the road, hit a tree, spun around, and collided with the tree a second time. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Minutes before the crash, Alexis had sent a group text to the rest of her cheerleading squad reminding them about practice. Friends say that she didn't normally text while driving.

New Call-to-Action Some people say that the new anti-texting legislation, which will take effect in a few months, will deter teens from texting while driving. Others say that it will only cause teens to be sneakier about it, texting in their laps instead of up above the wheel, which would impair their vision even further and lead to more distracted driving deaths due to texting.

-Article Contributed by Jenny Evans

Tim Woda

Written by Tim Woda

Tim Woda is an Internet safety expert, and a passionate advocate for empowering families and protecting children from today’s scariest digital dangers. Woda was on the founding team of buySAFE, an Internet trust and safety company, and he started working on child safety issues after his son was targeted by a child predator online. While his son was unharmed, the incident led Woda to kick-start You can follow Tim on Twitter or on his blog.

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