Police say driver was texting when car struck, killed motorcyclist
Oct 08, 2013 | 1:24 PM
Anne Arundel County police say a 20-year-old Severn woman has been charged with negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle after cell phone records indicate she was using her cell phone when the car she was driving struck a motorcycle, killing the driver.
Jonathan Wesley Roberts, 30, of Virginia, died in the accident, which occurred in March 10 in Gambrills.
Police said Elizabeth Haley Meyers, was attempting to cross northbound Route 3 when the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt she was driving traveled into the path of a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle, driven by Roberts in the left lane. The motorcycle struck the driver's side of the Chevrolet.
Roberts suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said a witness told officers that he saw Meyers texting on a cellphone as she pulled into the roadway, and police said cellphone records corroborated that statement.
The Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office reviewed the case and charged Meyers with negligent manslaughter by motor vehicle, criminal negligent manslaughter, text messaging while driving, reckless driving and other charges. Police said Meyers was served an arrest warrant Oct. 2.
A spokeswoman for the State's Attorney's Office said this is the county's first auto manslaughter case where text messaging while driving is an element of the case.