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.

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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