Somersworth woman charged with distracted driving after hitting three teens in crosswalk
Union Leader Correspondent
DOVER — Police say a Somersworth woman was sending a text message on her cell phone and playing with the radio when she struck three siblings crossing Portland Avenue in a crosswalk.
The victims were identified as Alyssa Wilson, 16; Zachary Wilson,14; and Caleb Wilson, 10, all of Dover.
Alyssa Wilson and her brothers were crossing at the Rogers Street intersection to their bus stop around 6:48 a.m. on Jan. 10 when they were hit by a vehicle driven by Tina Conlon, 35, of 15 Spruce St.
Capt. Bill Breault said Monday all three were injured, but are expected to make a full recovery.
Conlon is now facing charges of negligent driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian within a crosswalk. Both are violation-level offenses carrying a $250-$500 fine and a $59 fine, respectively.
“She should have seen these children. Had she been paying attention, this accident would have been avoidable,” Breault said.
Breault said based on the injuries and evidence in the case, the appropriate charge is the violation-level negligent driving.
“We couldn’t charge it any other way,” Breault said.
“We estimate her speed to be about 30 miles per hour (the speed limit) and that most likely played a role in their injuries not being as critical,” he said.
Breault said the investigation also showed that lighting conditions, road conditions and mechanical defect were not factors.
A phone number for Conlon’s listed address was disconnected. Breault said she was cooperative after the accident, and immediately pulled over.
Conlon is scheduled for arraignment Feb. 27 at the 7th Circuit District Court in Dover.
Next month, a Massachusetts teenager is to go on trial for allegedly texting while driving and causing a crash that killed a Danville man.
Donald F. Bowley Jr., 55, suffered a traumatic brain injury and died last March.
His passenger, Luz Selena Roman, 58, of Haverhill, Mass., was also seriously injured in the crash.
Police said Aaron Deveau, 17, of Haverhill, was texting when he crossed the center line and struck Bowley’s vehicle.
The charges against Deveau in Massachusetts include injury while using a mobile phone, operating while reading an electronic message and motor vehicle homicide.
Last May, an Atkinson woman was charged with negligent driving after police said she crashed her car into a utility pole while texting. The accident snapped the pole in half and cut power to more than 1,000 homes for several hours.
New Hampshire Union Leader Correspondent Jason Schreiber contributed to this report.