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Deputies say: teen killed in crash was on cell phone

Deputies say: teen killed in crash was on cell phone
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POSTED: Friday, July 22, 2011 - 2:19am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 9:13am

He didn't see driver ahead slow down.

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; a teen driver was killed in a traffic crash on Wednesday night in north Harris County when he was talking on a cellphone while driving, officials said.

Justin Martinez, 18, died in the two-vehicle wreck on Louetta near Haude about 9 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Martinez died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Martinez was driving a black Saturn Ion eastbound on Louetta while he was talking on his cellphone and out his car window to someone driving in another vehicle in a lane of traffic.

Martinez apparently was unaware that a vehicle in front of him was slowing down to make a right turn onto Haude, deputies said.

To read more on this story, head to The Houston Chronicle's website: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7663422.html

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The reporter is to be commended for reporting that the driver was using a cell phone. Cell phone usage during an accident needs to be reported just as failure to wear a seat belt is.

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