Troopers: Texting leads to fatal accident

COATS, N.C.

Troopers say 21-year-old Austin Cross was driving on N.C. Highway 27 between Coats and Benson when he made a fatal mistake.

They say Cross was leaning over to show his passengers something on a cell phone when he lost control of his truck. Cross then hit a ditch which caused his truck to rollover.

Savanah Maynard, 18, died in the accident.

Cross has been charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

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