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09/11/2013 04:15 pm ET

Texting While Driving Causes Maryland Woman To Crash Into Lake, Authorities Say

Charles County Sheriff's Office

Texting while driving is never a good idea, and it seems one Maryland woman learned that the hard way this week.

According to the Charles County Sheriff's Office, the unidentified 25-year-old woman drove into a lake near Waldorf, later admitting to officers that she became distracted by a text message.

Authorities were called to the scene of the crash at Wakefield Lake around 12:25 p.m. Tuesday. The woman reportedly veered off the roadway on St. Charles Parkway and struck a tree, which propelled the vehicle about 60 feet into the lake.

A photo of the crash, taken before the car was removed from the lake, shows the vehicle partially submerged in the body of water.

By the time emergency services arrived, the woman was out of the vehicle. In a statement, local authorities said she was able to exit the car from the driver's side window. The Temple Hills woman was then transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

As WUSA9 TV reports, police may pursue charges against the distracted driver.

(Hat tip, Gawker)

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