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Teen Dies In Crash Caused By Driver Using Breathalyzer

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In a tragic irony, a sober driver caused a fatal crash while blowing into a court-ordered device to prevent him from driving drunk.

Alexis Butler, 18, died on Nov. 17, a week after her car was struck on the passenger side by a pickup truck while backing out of her driveway in Arlington, Texas, reports the Daily Mail.

The driver of the truck, whose name has not been made public, admitted to looking down for a few moments to turn off a device in his car that prevents drunk driving, KXAS reports.

He is under a court order which requires him to breathe into the device every fifteen minutes. The device is designed to turn off a car when the driver is over the legal blood alcohol limit. 

According to police, there were no skid marks on the road in the vicinity of the crash, indicating that the driver of the pickup made no attempt to stop before the collision, and corroborated his explanation.

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The driver's blood alcohol was not over the limit at the time of the crash. Since he was not impaired and was reportedly following court orders at the time of the accident, there have been no charges filed against him.

However, police say that could change, pending further investigation.

If charges are eventually filed, the district attorney would decide if the case should go to a grand jury. 

"The Number one thing we'll look at is tracking down the original court order to read exactly what it said," Lt. Chris Cook told KXAS. "And more importantly for us as a police department, is to determine what the manufacturer recommendation is as far as the guidelines in how to operate this type of equipment. It's very concerning to us, as a police department, that an individual may be operating some type of ignition device while they're in a moving vehicle."

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Butler's family released a statement to KXAN:

She was larger than life -- everyone loved Lexxy -- Her laugh, her smile, her bubbly personality. She touched so many people's lives in just her short 18 years, more than most will touch in a lifetime. Her legacy will continue to live on through her final selfless act of organ and tissue donation, which she elected. She will continue to touch lives even in death. We know we'll see Lexxy again in Heaven and she'll be an angel watching over us.

Sources: Daily Mail, KXAS / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Images: Instagram via Daily Mail

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