Texting while driving now said cause of crash that killed infant

Texting while driving now said cause of crash that killed infant
BREMERTON, Wash. -- Kitsap County investigators believe texting and driving led to a crash that killed a 6-month-old boy.

Little Enzo Williams sat in the back seat of his family's car which was stopped at a red light near Bremerton. And now, state troopers say the man accused of smashing his SUV into the back of the Williams' family car admits to texting on his cell phone right before the impact.

Troopers say Sydney Wright typed-away as he approached the Williams' car. At first, they say he denied being on his cell phone, but then investigators told him they'd subpoena his records.

"And it was at that time that he admitted he was sending a text," said Trooper Krista Hedstrom.

Washington's new cell phone law went into effect last June but troopers say the number of accidents caused by drivers texting is still skyrocketing. And they still pull drivers over everyday.

"We're seeing it so much more where people are on their cell phones and... we're definitely going to start digging into phone records," Hedstrom said.

While Wright is charged, he's not behind bars and no arrest warrant has been issued. Prosecutors wouldn't say why.

Enzo's mom, dad and brother and sister walked away from the crash without injuries. Enzo sat closest to the impact and suffered a fractured skull and a bruised windpipe. A couple of days laster, he passed away.

"It's so easily preventable -- pull over and take the call," said Hedstrom. "There's nothing that important that you can't stop for 2 seconds to make that call or send a text."

Wright is expected to make his next court appearance on Feb. 24.