Texting may have played role in fatal crash

| 7/16/2007

A text message may have played a role in a crash that killed five high school cheerleaders in Rochester, NY, in June.

The teens were killed when they attempted to pass a van in a sport utility vehicle driven by 17-year-old Bailey Goodman. The SUV returned to its lane, but for some reason swerved out if its lane again and into oncoming traffic, where it struck a semi.

Now, ABC News reports that authorities say a text message was sent from Goodman’s phone just seconds before the crash.

Cell phone records show that the message was sent from the phone at 10:05 p.m., and a reply was sent at 10:06 p.m. Just 38 seconds later, someone called 9-1-1 to report the accident.

Authorities told ABC News that, although records show that Goodman’s phone was in use near the time of the accident, it’s impossible to say if she was the one using it.