The driver of a car that crashed into a lake Tuesday afternoon was texting while driving, authorities said.
Deputies with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office were called to Waldorf, Md., for a report of a car that drove into a lake.
The 25-year-old Temple Hills woman was driving a Hyundai northbound on St. Charles Parkway near St. Thomas Drive when she drove off the roadway and struck a tree.
“The crash propelled her car about 60 feet into Wakefield Lake where the vehicle quickly submerged in about 5 feet of water,” according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. The driver was able to climb through the driver’s side of the window in order to save herself.
The woman says she was texting and then lost control of the car, officials say. She was taken to a local hospital Charles Regional Medical Center for treatment. Since then, the car has been removed from the lake.
Authorities continue to investigate the accident and charges are pending, according to Washington radio station WTOP.
Although new measures have been cracking down on texting while driving, a study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday reveals that nearly half of US high school students aged greater than 16 years, admit to texting while driving during the previous 30 days of the survey.
Another study concluded that texting while driving is now killing more teenagers than drunk driving, Web Pro News reports. The study, published by the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New York, reported over 3,000 teens now die every year as a result of texting while driving. The number of those killed because of drunk driving is 2,700.
Source: WTOP.com, Charles County Sheriff’s Office, WebProNews.com