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Texting, DUI Crash Highlights Dangers Of Disobeying The Law

A CHP officer alleges the crash victim was under the influence and in the middle of composing or reading a text when she crashed her car.

A Newport Beach woman seriously hurt in a rollover crash in Riverside that left another motorist and her passenger with minor injuries was allegedly speeding and texting while driving under the influence, the California Highway Patrol reported today.

Teresa Lynn Hyde, 27, suffered major injuries Sunday night when her vehicle struck a car on the Riverside (91) Freeway and then crashed on an exit ramp as she was allegedly trying to flee the scene, according to CHP Officer Steve Carapia.

He said the collision happened just after 7 p.m. as Hyde was heading west on the 91, near Magnolia Avenue. She was allegedly driving 90 mph when her 2003 Lexus IS300 sideswiped a 1997 Ford Expedition driven by a 27-year-old Riverside woman, according to Carapia.

The officer alleged Hyde was in the middle of composing or reading a text -- a violation of state law when someone is behind the wheel.

"After the impact, Hyde attempted to flee the scene by making a hard right turn in an attempt to exit the freeway at or near an off-ramp, traveling off the road and overturning," Carapia alleged. "Hyde, being unrestrained, was ejected from her vehicle and was pinned underneath."

Firefighters extricated the suspect, who was transported to Riverside Community Hospital, where she was listed in serious but stable condition.

The other driver and her passenger both suffered minor injuries, but only the passenger was treated at the hospital, Carapia said.

He said Hyde will be arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and hit-and-run when she's released from the hospital.

Elizabeth McKay August 21, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Wow......LOTS of bad choices from this gal.
Danielle Hall August 21, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Glad the other two weren't seriously hurt by this woman's horrible choices!
Anon August 21, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I see it every day. Most of the texters are between 18 and 40!
kms August 21, 2012 at 03:09 PM
No wonder our insurance rates are so high. A lot of careless people out there who really don't think of others and are willing to put others in danger because of their selfishness.
Diana August 21, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Why don't the car makers put a devise in the cars that as soon as you turn on the ignition in your vehicle your cell phone becomes useless, unless you have a built in phone with the car. All the laws are not going to stop these people from texting and talking on their cell phones, I see it everyday.
Diana August 21, 2012 at 05:30 PM
In case of an emergency Janice, one could pull off the road get out of their vehicle or turn off their ignition and then text or place the call.
Ken Mayes August 21, 2012 at 05:46 PM
If your going to break one law you might as well go all the way. Seems to me texting was the least of the problems, she was intoxicated.
justme August 21, 2012 at 06:11 PM
#1 - just after 7pm is not pitch black and is not night #2 - if you are being followed, the first thing that comes to your mind is to pick up your phone and TEXT 911? Come on. #3 - IT IS THE LAW, get a blue tooth or ear buds such an enabler aren't you.
justme August 21, 2012 at 07:09 PM
You were justifying the situation where no justification can be placed. I did read the previous comments as well, I saw your last comment maybe as a post-prozac comment being that it seemed you were on a roller coaster of thoughts going back and forth. You are commenting on THIS story, with THESE facts hence my correction to the time of day. Your comment about picking up the phone to text because you were being followed clearly was not a very well thought out one. Again, you were really reaching to try to justify the actions of the driver. If you weren't justifying/enabling so be it. No biggie.
Wendy Jo White August 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM
I see people doing this everyday
Constant Comment August 22, 2012 at 12:58 AM
where U a ??????????? ;'\]@#$%^& uh..oh../?<#$%^&.... ooops! Honestly Occifer I wasnt drive drunking!
Teller of Truth August 22, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Bet she never forgets this LEX TEX!
Charles August 23, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Probably will add quite a bit of cost to the car. What about passengers who are legitimately using their cell phones? (However, the same argument could be made for alcohol - it really isn't dangerous for a passenger to drink alcohol in a car yet it is illegal for them to possess an open container.)

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