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Police: Teen Facebooking While Driving Kills Man And His 10-Year-Old Daughter

A Minnesota teen driver was using her smartphone for social media just minutes before she hit and killed a father and his 10-year-old daughter after running a red light. Before the deadly accident, the teen reportedly told a passenger in her car that she "didn't care if she crashed."

Carlee R. Bollig, 17, was chatting on Facebook, exchanging "multiple electronic messages" behind the wheel for eight minutes leading up to the July 21 crash, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. She was posting to Facebook "just seconds" before she rammed into a minivan.

Caysi J. Jaronske, 17, Bollig's friend, was one of the passengers in the vehicle at the time of the collision, and she told cops that she pleaded with her friend to stop texting while she was driving the pickup truck, but Bollig refused.  She snapped at her friend instead, telling her to “f*** off.”

As Bollig barreled toward an intersection with her eyes trained on her smartphone, the three passengers gave her a final warning, yelling, "Red light! Red light!" However, Bollig never braked. She entered the intersection, hitting the driver's side of the minivan.

Charles P. Maurer, 54, was driving the van. His passengers were 10-year-old daughter Cassy, 16-year-old daughter Alenita, and Alenita's 15-year-old friend, Alora K. Nelson, reported CBS Minnesota.

Charles and Cassy were rushed to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, with serious injuries. Charles died later that night; Cassy died 10 days later of severe head wounds. Alenita and Alora survived.

After the accident, Bollig plotted to lie her way out of the situation, police said.

She allegedly persuaded one of her passengers, 18-year-old George E. Saldana, to lie on her behalf and blame the crash on Bollig's boyfriend, Deven M. Garlock, 18. Garlock was the only person in the car with a valid driver's license.

Inside the truck was a bag belonging to Bollig that contained synthetic marijuana, a pipe, and a digital scale, according to court documents.

Police say that texting while driving can be just as deadly as driving drunk or high.

“What a senseless behavior that caused all of this trauma to this family, using a phone while operating a motor vehicle, 3,000 pounds of mass through an intersection, tearing this family apart,” Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Tiffany Schweigart told CBS Minnesota.

Based on blood evidence found and tested inside the truck, investigators realized Bollig had lied to them and had, in fact, been the one behind the wheel. The other passengers later confirmed this.

Bollig was charged with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide as well as criminal vehicular operation, texting and driving, and driving without a valid license.

A staggering 3,154 people were killed in the U.S. by distracted drivers in 2013, and more than 424,000 people were injured in crashes caused by driver negligence, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.