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Elizabeth Meyers, Md. woman, accused of texting in crash that killed motorcyclist, report says

Elizabeth Haley Meyers, 20, faces charges in the death of a motorcyclist she allegedly hit while texting and driving. CBS Baltimore

Elizabeth Haley Meyers, 20, faces charges of criminal negligent manslaughter in the death of a motorcyclist she allegedly hit while texting and driving.
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(CBS/AP) ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Police say a 20-year-old woman from Anne Arundel County faces charges in the death of a motorcyclist after she hit him while texting and driving, according to CBS Baltimore.

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Elizabeth Haley Meyers of Severn, Md. was charged Monday with negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle, criminal negligent manslaughter, reckless driving, negligent driving, failure to yield the right of way and text messaging while driving.

Prosecutors say Meyers was trying to drive across Route 3 in Gambrills on March 10. Officials say she drove into the path of 30-year-old Jonathan Wesley Roberts of Aylett, Va. Roberts died at a local hospital.

The Anne Arundel County state's attorney, Anne Colt Leitess, reportedly said she can prove Meyers was texting while driving.

"We have an eyewitness who was walking in the area. He saw her driving with one hand on the wheel and the other hand looking down and texting. We also have cell phone records, which confirm she was texting at the time."

Meyers is being charged just days after Maryland's new distracted-driving law took effect, which makes it illegal to text and talk on a handheld phone while driving, according to distraction.gov, a government website that advocates against distracted driving.

Meyers faces the possibility of up to 10 years in prison and fines if convicted, reports CBS Baltimore.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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