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Teen Texting While Driving? Barrie Ontario Girl Crashes, $100,000 Damage To Car, Boat, House

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Texting file photo. A teen police suspect was texting has been charged with careless driving after a crash in Barrie, Ont., damaged vehicles, a house and a boat. | AP File

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- A teen police suspect was texting has been charged with careless driving after a crash in Barrie, Ont., damaged vehicles, a house and a boat.

Police allege a 17-year-old girl was speeding on Raquel Street on Monday night when she lost control and hit a car parked in a driveway.

The car was pushed into a boat, and the boat was pushed into the house and a neighbour's vehicle.

Police estimate the damage at more than $100,000.

The girl sustained minor injuries.

Police say they suspect the driver was texting and trying to pick up her cat at the time of the crash.

Here an excerpt from the official Barrie Police Service press release on the alleged texting car crash:

On June 13th Barrie Police responded to a Raquel St address in regards to a motor vehicle collision. A 17 year old female was travelling at a high rate of speed on Raquel when she lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway and struck a parked car in a driveway. She struck the vehicle with enough force that it was pushed into a boat which was also in the driveway. The boat was then pushed into the house and a neighbour’s vehicle. Police estimate the damage to be in excess of $100000 as a result of the collision. The female was transported to Royal Victoria Hospital as a precaution and treated for very minor injuries. It is suspected that the female was texting and attempting to pick up her pet cat at the time of the collision. She was charged with careless driving.

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