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Young driver on Facebook at 85 miles an hour killed 89-year-old woman

Young driver on Facebook at 85 miles an hour killed 89-year-old woman
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I really can't say this enough. Never, ever, ever, EVER text and drive! If you need to contact someone, pull over to the side of the road or into a parking lot.

I have a hands-free device to talk to people when I'm driving. Other than that, I don't use my phone at all on the road. It's just common sense.

Unfortunately, people still do it. I really wish this young driver had put down the phone before the whole tragedy happened.

Abby Sletten, 20, was speeding down a North Dakota highway in her SUV when a catastrophic turn of events occurred. Another SUV in front of her slowed to make a U-turn at an unauthorized access in the median.

The two vehicles collided at 85 miles an hour, killing the great-grandmother who was a passenger in the front vehicle. A witness to the crash told police that Sletten's brake lights never came on, and that the vehicle never slowed down before the impact.

Phyllis Gordon, the 89-year-old great-grandmother, was a passenger in the front seat when her vehicle was struck from behind. Gordon's 34-year-old granddaughter and great-granddaughter survived their injuries, but Gordon did not.

Sletten appeared in Traill County District Court on Wednesday after being charged with "killing Phyllis Gordon of Ada, Minn., along northbound Interstate 29 between Fargo and Grand Forks early in the afternoon of May 27."

Police went through Sletten's phone records and found that she had been looking at Facebook pictures at the time of the accident. Investigators also found that Sletten had sent and received several texts since leaving Fargo.

Sletten was charged with negligent homicide for killing Gordon.

Phyllis Gordon is survived by her three children, eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

This story is so sad, but the saddest thing is that it could have been avoided! I talk to Ian about not texting and driving all the time to remind him about not driving distracted. Be sure to share this with your family and friends and remember to stay safe on the roads.

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Source: Star Tribune
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