One of the most dangerous things you can do while operating an automobile is to mess around with your phone.
That’s what one Minnesota teenager was doing, and it ended up costing the life of both a father and his 10-year-old daughter.
Seventeen-year-old Carlee Bollig was sending out text messages when she careened into a van, killing its driver, Army veteran Charles Maurer, and his daughter, Cassy.
Even sadder? Her friends were urging her to stop sending out those messages and to focus on the road.
According to police records, Bollig didn’t heed this advice.
As a matter of fact, she had some chilling words for her friends who issued them:
She also told her friend that she “didn’t care if she crashed.”
State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Schweigart spoke to Star Tribune about the crash and about the dangers of texting while driving:
“It is an illusion to believe that texting while driving is not dangerous behavior,” she said.
“This behavior is just as dangerous as DWI in that lives can change or be lost in the fraction of a second.”
Bollig’s friends all survived the crash, as did Maurer’s other daughter, who is 16 years old.
Carlee Bollig has since been arrested and charged with two counts each of criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation, texting and driving, and driving without a valid license.
A grieving friend of the Maurer family has started a GoFundMe page in order to raise money for a proper memorial and to ensure that the surviving children are taken care of. So far, it has raised more than $8,000.