Mom films child in car with cellphone seconds before striking 3 teens in crosswalk: cops

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GRESHAM, Ore. (PIX11) — An Oregon woman accused of hitting and injuring three teenagers in a crosswalk recorded a video of her son with her cellphone just before the crash happened, according to a court document obtained by KATU.

The 23-year-old mother, Elizabeth Rachel Dove, was driving when she crashed into three teenage girls while they were crossing the street on Jan. 15.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Dove sent several text messages in the minutes before the crash and then used the cellphone to record a 19-second video of her son while he was in the car’s backseat. It was determined that the teens were hit 1.42 seconds after the video was taken.

The court document alleges that when the teenagers entered the crosswalk, Dove “appears to have had no hands on the steering wheel.” The teens were injured, but expected to be OK.

Police said Dove was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash. But using cellphones while driving is against the law unless the driver is using a “hands-free” device.

Dove faces charges of third-degree assault, recklessly endangering and reckless driving.