..while not charged with texting while driving - admitted to it (the sad part is she was so busy, didn't even know she had killed someone):
|Taryn Crawford, 25, pleaded guilty to careless driving Thursday in provincial court.|
Crown prosecutor Brendan Gaunt told court Crawford had been driving her Honda Civic north on 97 Street near 144 Avenue about 10:25 a.m. on July 24 when “for some reason” she ran into the back of a Land Tec work truck, pinning Sefatullah Khanzadeh, 19, and resulting in him suffering “severe crushing” injuries that led to his death.
While there was no mention in the abbreviated facts read in to secure the guilty plea of Crawford texting on her cellphone at the time, it was cited in a recent Alberta Workplace Health and Safety report into the fatality.
The Feb. 23 report says Crawford “was distracted from driving responsibilities and did not see the landscape truck or (Khanzadeh)” and describes what the driver behind her saw after stopping and going over to the car.
“The witness stated that when the passenger vehicle’s driver got out of her vehicle, she was seen to be texting on her cellphone,” says the report. “The driver of the passenger vehicle did not even know that she had crushed a landscape worker.”
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