Recently, it became prohibited by law for a person to use an electronic communications device while driving in Georgia. Hands-free devices are still permitted to allow calls, but texting while driving or accessing social media while driving is now illegal and will result in fines and points added to a person’s driver’s license. However, if under the age of 18, driving while using a cell phone or other electronic device has been prohibited for many years.
One teenager is learning the consequences of allegedly texting while driving and has been charged with vehicular homicide.
Zoe Reardon is facing eight separate charges which include charges of vehicular homicide and driving while using a communication device while under the age of 18.
The charges stem from an accident that happened on September 9th along Arnold Mill Road in Woodstock, Georgia.
At about 8 p.m., 28-year-old Kaitlin Marie Hunt and her baby, 3-month-old Riley, along with family friend 61-year-old Kathy Deming, were attempting to cross Arnold Mill Road when Reardon struck them.
Riley died later that night. Within a few days, both Hunt and Deming also succumbed to their injuries.
At first, investigators did not think there would be any charges. The family was crossing the street at a point where there was no crosswalk. However, records later indicated that just two minutes before the deadly crash, Reardon had been texting her father.
Authorities allege that Reardon was in the process of putting her cell phone away and took her eyes off of the roadway, leading to the accident.
Reardon is a straight-A student who had received a partial scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Texas.
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