Driver accused of texting before fatal crash to stand trial

The Associated Press

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to stand trial on charges that she was texting and driving before causing a crash that killed a pedestrian.


The Morning Call reports police and witnesses testified at a preliminary hearing Thursday that 21-year-old Seneca Harley drove through a red light Nov. 8, 2016 in Allentown and hit another car. That car spun into an intersection and fatally struck 56-year-old Patricia Deady, who was walking in the crosswalk.

Investigators say Harley’s phone shows she was texting about a minute before police first received word of the wreck. Harley’s attorney says that timeline is inconsistent with a timestamp on surveillance video, which seems to indicate the crash occurred before the texts.

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