Prosecutors: Texting teen causes Eagan crash

Published 10:24 am Monday, November 3, 2014

EAGAN — Authorities have charged a 17-year-old driver who they say read a text message and caused a crash that left a toddler with a traumatic brain injury.

The Shakopee girl is charged in Dakota County juvenile court with a felony count of criminal vehicular operation as well as misdemeanor careless driving. The 1-year-old boy in the other vehicle suffered life-threatening injuries in the July wreck in Eagan. He underwent surgery for serious head injuries.

The toddler’s mother and her passenger were injured and treated at hospitals.

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The teenager tells authorities she was going to school after sleeping for three hours. She says she was reading a text message on her phone when she turned and struck the oncoming car.

Authorities haven’t released her name or the injured people’s names.