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Driver Charged with Felony after Texting and Driving Accident

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Christine Eke4 years ago

Stephanie M. Deloye is being charged with felony criminal vehicular operation after hitting Malia McElveen, a pedestrian, in Minnetonka, Minnesota. McElveen suffered injuries from a fractured pelvis and was bleeding from the head.

Details of the Minnesota Accident

  • The Star-Tribune reports that Deloye was driving an SUV; she made no attempt to stop when she was making left-handed turn from the turning lane.
  • She did not exit her SUV to render aid to McElveen after hitting her; she was not even the first to call 911 for help.
  • She initially told the police officer on the scene that she did not see McElveen due to an obstruction from the windshield pillar; she claimed she had not been texting.
  • However, upon checking Deloye’s cell phone records, officers discovered she had sent a text message just 20 seconds before the first 911 call came in; she then admitted to texting while operating her SUV.

Texting and Driving Statistics


  • In 2011, at least 23% of auto crashes involved cell phones—that is equivalent to about 1.3 million crashes.
  • The minimum amount of time your attention is taken away from the road when you are texting and driving is about 5 seconds.
  • Seventy-seven percent of young adults are very or somewhat confident that they can safely text and drive.
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