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Court Doc: Driver Recorded Video Of Son Seconds Before Crashing Into Teens


An Oregon woman, who was arrested earlier this month for driving and crashing into three high school students at a crosswalk, recorded a video on her cell phone moments before the crash happened, according to court documents.

Elizabeth Rachel Dove, 23, was arrested earlier this month when a grand jury charged her with a list of offenses including third-degree assault, recklessly endangering lives, and reckless driving, according to local station KATU. 

The three high school girls were injured but were said to be OK.

According to a new report, however, Dove was sending several messages just moments before the crash and even used her phone to record a 19-second video of her son in the backseat of the car.

“(Dove) is holding the phone with her left hand and was making gestures at times with her right hand,” said a Multnomah County deputy district attorney, Annamarie Shoen.

There is also a six-second video of the phone sitting in the front passenger seat.

“Dove is panicked and there is a child crying in the background,” Shoen stated in statement.

According to officials, Dove crashed into the three girls less than two seconds after the video ended, and that she “appears to have had no hands on the steering wheel.”

In the state of Oregon, the use of cellphones while driving a vehicle is strictly against the law unless the driver is employing a "hands-free" application.

Police state that Dove was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

Source: KATU Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Gresham Police


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