March 9, 2012

Police: Driver killed in Eddington crash was texting

The Associated Press

EDDINGTON — Police say text messaging behind the wheel likely played a factor in a fatal car crash in Eddington.

Penobscot County Sheriff's Office Deputy Chief Troy Morton says the investigation has revealed that the driver was sending and receiving text messages in the moments before Wednesday night's crash.

Police say 44-year-old Tracy McPhee of West Enfield died when the vehicle she was driving struck a tree head-on just after 11 p.m. Her passenger, 31-year-old Velvet Cole, was hospitalized.

Morton tells the Bangor Daily News there were no skid marks. McPhee, a mother of two, died at the scene.

Maine joined 33 other states last year in banning texting while driving.

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