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Elizabeth Haley Meyers Faces 10 Years For Fatal Crash While Text Messaging

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A Maryland 20-year-old is facing up to 10 years in prison for negligent manslaughter charges after she had a fatal accident with a motorcyclist.

Police say Elizabeth Haley Meyers was texting when she allegedly drove her car into the path of Jonathan Wesley Roberts’ motorcycle on Mar. 10 in Gambrills. Roberts, 30, crashed into the side of her vehicle and later died at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.

A witness claimed Meyers was looking at her phone when the accident happened.

Authorities reviewed cell phone records and say Meyers was text messaging when she crossed into Roberts’ path.

“We have an eyewitness who was walking in the area,” said Anne Colt Leitess, Anne Arundel County state’s attorney. “He saw her driving with one hand on the wheel and the other hand looking down and texting. We also have cell phone records, which confirm she was texting at the time.”

Arrested on Oct. 2, the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Meyers with negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle, criminal negligent manslaughter, text messaging while driving, reckless driving and other charges.

If convicted she faces up to 10 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

Other drivers told CBS Baltimore that they were unsympathetic to Meyers.

“Texting, c’mon,” Mike Grady told CBS. “Your hands and your mind and your eyesight are being used at the same time. You can’t drive a vehicle doing those type of things.”

“She deserves it,” another man said. “I mean she deserves to get in trouble for something. She killed a guy.”

It is illegal to text and drive in Maryland. A new restriction just went into effect that bans drivers from talking on handheld phones as well.

“This is big wake up call to everyone to knock it off and drive your car,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis.

Sources: CBS Baltimore, Baltimore Sun