Driver charged with hitting pedestrian while texting

10:25 AM, Oct 23, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A 24-year-old Minnetonka woman is charged with criminal vehicular operation after police say she struck a pedestrian with her SUV while texting.

Squads were dispatched to the intersection of County Road 101 and Excelsior Boulevard on June 15 after 911 callers reported that a woman was struck by a vehicle. Officers who responded found a 57-year-old woman laying in the crosswalk with blood coming from her nose and complaining of hip pain.

Witnesses told police the victim was crossing the street inside the crosswalk when a driver in a white SUV, identified as Stephanie Marie Deloye, turned left and ran her over. 

Officers were told Deloye made no attempt to get out of the vehicle, and did nothing to help the victim. There were no skid marks on the pavement, indicating she made no attempt to brake.

When questioned Deloye told officers her vision was obstructed by the window post in her SUV. She had her cell phone powered up and sitting in her lap but denied texting while driving, saying she had last used the phone before leaving home.

Phone records proved otherwise. A probe of Deloye's cell phone use indicated she had sent and received several text messages around the time of the accident.


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