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Young Woman Could Spend 10 Years in Prison After Allegedly Killing Motorcyclist While Text Messaging


"...driving with one hand on the wheel and the other hand looking down and texting."

Elizabeth Haley Meyers is facing charges that could land her behind bars for the next 10 years. Accused of killing Jonathan Wesley Roberts while texting and driving in Gambrills, Md., the 20-year-old is the first person in Anne Arundel County to be charged for manslaughter while text messaging.

Roberts, 30, was riding his motorcycle when the accident unfolded on March 10. Meyers reportedly drove her car into his path, causing him to crash into her vehicle. Prosecutors argue that the young woman was texting at the time.

The Baltimore Sun has more details surrounding the tragic case:

Police said Elizabeth Haley Meyers, was attempting to cross northbound Route 3 when the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt she was driving traveled into the path of a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle, driven by Roberts in the left lane. The motorcycle struck the driver's side of the Chevrolet.

Roberts suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Officials say that there is substantial evidence that proves the theory that Meyers was texting at the time.

"We have an eyewitness who was walking in the area. He saw her driving with one hand on the wheel and the other hand looking down and texting," Anne Colt Leitess, Anne Arundel County state’s attorney, told WJZ-TV.

Cell phone records apparently also corroborate the fact that Meyers was texting while operating her vehicle, Leitess said.

As a result, she is facing numerous charges, including criminal negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle, text messaging while driving and reckless driving.

If she is found guilty, WJZ-TV notes that she could spend up to a decade in prison and pay thousands of dollars in fines.

Featured Image Credit: Anne Arundel County Police


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