According to police, a North Carolina teenager who died on May 11 of the personal injuries she suffered in an automobile accident was text-messaging moments before her car veered into oncoming traffic.


On May 14, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Asheville police spokeswoman Melissa Williams said that investigators discovered the message by checking the girl’s cell phone. The teen, 16-year-old Arden resident Ashley Johnson died at the hospital one day after the accident.


Investigators also estimated Johnson’s speed at the time of the crash at 52 mph in a 45 mph zone.


The driver of the pickup truck that collided with Johnson’s vehicle suffered non-life-threatening injuries.


Texting while driving in N.C. was made illegal in December.

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