CRIME
09/05/2014 12:18 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Driver Looking At Facebook Kills Woman In 85 MPH Car Crash: Cops

Trail County

A North Dakota woman is charged with negligent homicide after police say she crashed into another car while driving 85 mph and looking at Facebook photos on her phone.

Abby Sletten, 20, is accused in the death of 89-year-old Phyllis Gordon of Ada, Minnesota, KARE 11 reports.

Gordon was riding as a passenger in an SUV with her granddaughter, Jennifer Myers, on a highway near Hillsboro, North Dakota last May. When Myers slowed down to attempt an illegal U-Turn, Sletten allegedly rear-ended the SUV, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

A criminal complaint states there is no evidence Sletten tried to brake, which “suggested the possibility that Sletten may not have seen the vehicle in front of her or that she was possibly distracted while driving.”

Court documents state Sletten was looking at Facebook photos on her phone at the time of the crash, according to Valley News Live.

If convicted, Sletten faces up to five years in prison.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly quoted a criminal complaint as saying Sletten was "possibly distorted while driving." The complaint reads that Sletten was "possibly distracted while driving."

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