A 23-year-old new mother is facing felony charges of third-degree assault, reckless endangering and reckless driving. Authorities say her distraction behind the wheel - in particular, filming her infant son in the back seat with her cell phone while driving - resulted in a crash that seriously injured three teen pedestrians in a crosswalk.
According to the probable cause affidavit, authorities combed through the driver's cell phone after the January crash and discovered not only had the woman sent numerous text messages in the minutes prior to the crash, she then used her phone to record a 20-second video of her son. In the video, police say she is holding the phone with one hand and making gestures with the other - but the vehicle is in motion, meaning she had no hands on the steering wheel.
It was later ascertained the woman struck the three teen girls in the crosswalk less than two seconds after the video ended.