Phone Use Played Role in 2013 Car Crash that Killed 3 Wisconsin Children

A Wisconsin woman faces three felony charges after investigators says she used Facebook while driving her car in 2013, crashing into oncoming traffic and killing three of her four child passengers.

According to the court case, the accused woman had incoming and outgoing text and Facebook messages near the time of the accident, which killed her daughter and nieces.

Two witnesses said the woman’s 2005 Saturn Vue went off the road onto the west shoulder of Highway 35 in Ellsworth, Wisconsin, then made an abrupt U-turn into the path of a truck in the northbound lane.

Records obtained in the investigation show the chat session started around 3:05 p.m. that day.  A sent message from the woman’s phone was logged at 3:39 p.m. and a received message is shown 30 seconds later, while investigators placed the time of the crash at 4:41 p.m.

If convicted, each felony count carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and fines up to $25,000.

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