Crime

Texting And Driving: Minnesota Teen Charged In Fatal Car Crash

| by Emily Smith
Charles Maurer and daughter CassyCharles Maurer and daughter Cassy

A teen driver who told her friend to “f*ck off” when asked to stop texting and driving was charged after she hit and killed the driver of another car and his daughter in July, prosecutors say. She was charged with multiple felony counts during the week of Oct. 12.

On July 21, Carlee Bollig, 17, of Little Falls, Minnesota, was driving with her boyfriend and two friends when she t-boned 54-year-old Charles Maurer and his 10-year-old daughter, the Star Tribune reports.

Caysi Jaronske, one passenger, allegedly told Bollig eight or nine times to stop texting while driving, but Bollig refused. The other passengers in the car were Bollig's boyfriend, 18-year-old Deven Garlock, and George Saldana, 18.

Bollig then told Jaronske to “f*ck off,” according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Tribune.

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Someone in Bollig's car yelled “red light” before the car sped through an intersection and crashed into Maurer’s car.

During an investigation, it was discovered that Bollig sent and received multiple Facebook messages from her phone in the eight minutes before the crash.

Following the crash, Maurer, a father of three, died at the North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. His daughter, Cassy, died 10 days later. Maurer's older daughter and her friend, both of whom are 15 years old, were also injured in the crash.

Jaronske later told a trooper that Bollig wanted Garlock to say he was the driver at the time of the incident, because he was the only one with a valid driver’s license. However, DNA testing later revealed that Bollig was the driver.

A bag of marijuana, a smoking pipe and a scale were all found inside the car as well, according to court documents. A cellphone was found near the brake pedal.

Bollig was charged with two counts each of vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular homicide, texting and driving, and driving without a valid license. 

Sources: Star Tribune, DailyMail

Photo Credit: Family photo via Star Tribune, Intel Free Press/Flickr