Parents of Jackson Twp. teen killed in texting-while-driving crash to help launch safety campaign


The parents of a Jackson Township teen who died in a car crash likely caused by her texting while driving will speak Tuesday at a news conference kicking off a safe driving campaign.

Scott and Karen Stambaugh will help safe-driving advocates and law enforcement and medical personnel in giving a 9 a.m. news conference at Spring Grove Area High School, 100 E. College Ave., that will kick off the "Here...but driving" campaign aimed at cutting down on texting while driving, according to a news release from the York County Center for Traffic Safety.

The campaign was generated by the York Area Highway Safety Council's Safe Teen Driving Committee, and has received the sponsorship of Wellspan and State Farm.

The Stambaughs' daughter, Ashlyn, died in March at age 17 after she lost control of her car while going around a curve in the road; her car rolled and struck a telephone pole.

She'd been on her way to pick up one of her friends, and right before the crash she sent the friend a quick text, saying she had arrived. Though the text was brief, it distracted the Spring Grove Area School District junior enough that she crashed, authorities and her parents have said.

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