Teen driver hits, kills bicyclist while allegedly text messaging

| 11/28/2005

A 17-year-old from Colorado who was allegedly sending a text message while driving could face prison time if convicted of careless driving after allegedly hitting and killing a bicyclist.

According to The Associated Press, the teen – whose name was not being released – lost control of his vehicle Wednesday, Nov. 23, and hit cyclist Jim R. Price of Highlands Ranch, CO. Price died Friday, Nov. 25.

Later evidence showed that the teen was sending text messages on his phone when the incident occurred, a spokesperson for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office told The AP.

“We do not believe it was an intentional act, but it was inattentiveness to the roadway,” the spokesperson told The AP.

The teen could face up to a year in prison on careless driving charges.