Driver cited in crash involving attempt to answer cellphone
A Prineville woman and her young child were not injured in a Tuesday evening vehicle crash that involved and attempt to answer a cellphone.
According to a Crook County Sheriff's Office report, the crash happened on Southeast Juniper Canyon Road near mile post 6 just before 9:30 p.m. Responding deputies found a gray Toyota passenger car off the west side of the road. The driver, 33-year-old Prineville resident Alexandra Cowan, was traveling south when she crashed. She initially told deputies another vehicle came into her lane of travel causing her to run off the road and wreck. However, evidence was gathered later that showed Cowan was attempting to answer her cell phone, which distracted her and caused her to leave the roadway.
Cowan had her 2-year-old child with her when she crashed. Crook County Fire and Rescue responded to the scene and checked out Cowan and her child. No visible injuries were noted, but the child was transported to St. Charles Hospital in Prineville for precautionary reasons.
Cowan's driver's license is misdemeanor suspended, authorities said. She was cited in lieu of custody for misdemeanor driving while suspended and was also issued traffic citations for driving uninsured and operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device. Her car had to be towed from the scene.
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