Troopers: Texting teen nearly lost his head in crash

Troopers: Texting teen nearly lost his head in crash
(Photo: Washington State Patrol)

ABERDEEN, Wash. -- A teen suspected of texting and talking on a cell phone while driving escaped with only minor injuries when he crashed, causing a fence post to spear his windshield.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger said the teen was eastbound on Highway 12 near Aberdeen Lake Road on Saturday when other drivers reported seeing him texting and talking on the phone while driving erratically.

The 18-year-old driver made a U-turn a short time later and then crashed off the side of the highway and into a fence.

A piece of the fence smashed through pickup truck's windshield and "nearly took his head off," Winger said of the driver.

The teen suffered only facial lacerations and was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out.


(Photo: Washington State Patrol)