An 18-year-old Texas woman died after a man taking a court-ordered breathalyzer test hit her during a car crash.
The man, who was reportedly not drunk, struck Anna Butler of Arlington, Texas, with his pickup truck as she was driving her vehicle out of a driveway on Nov. 10. The male driver, who was not identified, struck Butler on the driver's side of her vehicle. She died Friday from her injuries.
The driver told police he was taking a court-ordered breathalyzer test while driving and he looked away for a few seconds. The breathalyzer test attaches to the ignition and tests whether a driver has been drinking. If the test is positive, the vehicle will not start.
“No. 1 thing we’ll look at is tracking down the original court order to read exactly what it said,” Arlington Police Lt. Chris Cook told KXAS-TV. “And more importantly for us, as a police department, is to determine what the manufacturer recommendation is as far as the guidelines in how to operate this type of equipment. It’s very concerning to us, as a police department, that an individual may be operating some type of ignition equipment while they’re in a moving vehicle.”
No charges have yet been filed against the 31-year-old driver, who was not identified.
Butler’s family released the following statement to the TV station:
She was larger than life — everyone loved Lexxy — Her laugh, her smile, her bubbly personality. She touched so many people’s lives in just her short 18 years, more than most will touch in a lifetime. Her legacy will continue to live on through her final selfless act of organ and tissue donation, which she elected. She will continue to touch lives even in death. We know we’ll see Lexxy again in Heaven and she’ll be an angel watching over us.