Teen driver, texting while driving, ignores pleas from passengers and the results are tragic

Teen driver, texting while driving, ignores pleas from passengers and the results are tragic
We don’t like writing stories like this, but it is something that should be highlighted as a sober reminder of what can happen in the instance of distracted driving and an inexperienced driver.

Carlee Bollig is a 17-year-old from Little Falls, Minnesota. This past summer while driving a pick-up truck through Sherburne County out of St. Cloud, she was repeatedly asked to stop posting messages on Facebook while driving by the other three passengers in her vehicle.

“F*ck off,” yelled Bollig, stating that she did not care if she crashed. Moments later, someone yelled, “RED LIGHT! RED LIGHT!” Bollig ran the light and crashed into a van traveling the cross street at the intersection, she did not even apply the brakes.

Killed in the crash was 54-year-old Charles Maurer. Maurer’s 10-year-old daughter, Cassy, suffered severe head injuries and would die 10 days later. Cassy’s 16-year-old sister, Alenita and her friend, Alora, survived the crash. Bollig and her passengers all survived.

While the incident occurred in July, the investigation was hindered by the non-cooperation of Bollig, who does not have a driver’s license, and one of her friends in the vehicle. They told first-responders to the crash that Bollig’s boyfriend, Deven Garlock, was driving because he was the only one in the truck with a valid driver’s license.

Police ultimately had to determine Bollig was driving the truck through the gathering and analysis of DNA samples. Now, Carlee Bollig is facing two counts of criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular operations, texting while driving, and driving without a valid license. If convicted, each homicide sentence could result in 10-years in prison.

source: Star Tribune

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58 Comments

1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Raise the driving age to 20. Because at 17 one is still a kid, and a several hundred pound piece of metal and glass is NOT a toy. My condolences to the Maurer family, whose loved ones did NOT have to die here.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

20?? Well that is a bit too much. Besides she was driving without a license.

7. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Texting and driving = disaster.

55. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i must say, picking up phone on hand = disaster

9. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

i refused to let my daughter drive by herself or have her own car until she is 21. now if you put a gun over her head she won't answer the phone or pick it up if she got a call or text message.

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Good for her. Age has nothing to do with that tho. I'm 17 and texting wgile driving would simply never pop into my mind.

17. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

I started driving at 17 and i was an extremely cautious and careful driver. Age has nothing to do with it. And she WAS driving unlicensed anyway - remember...

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Agreed. While a younger age inherently means less experience behind the wheel, I've seen worse drivers at any age. Just like there are some teens who are already career minded and 40 year olds who can't hold down a job. Maturity depends on the individual person, not a measurement of time.

23. Industriality

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Responsibility isn't bound to age, you can be an idiot at any moment of your life, glad some people can change....

26. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

If responsibility "isn't bound with age", then my underwear isn't bound with elastic.

42. TBomb

Posts: 1572; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Just because youre 20 doesnt mean youre going to be responsible enough to operate a vehicle either so raising the age wouldnt change anything except make inexperienced drivers at an older age.. I think that's what they were getting at,

56. TheWeasel

Posts: 403; Member since: Dec 26, 2014

Ouch, that sounds pretty bad, do you use a belt right over it or what? Have you considered perhaps buying another pair?

31. liveon

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

Raise the driving IQ to over at least 110 IQ pints, age deos not matter so much here.

34. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Started driving at 15yrs old. While I admit I was not some perfect driver, I didn't do that. I see more adults being tard on the road than any teen.

36. FrequencyBender

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

I see young and old texting and driving everyday.

38. semipro1337

Posts: 113; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

What makes you think that will help at all? The drinking age is 21 and just as many if not more accidents and DUI'S occur with people who are legal to drink than that aren't. Laws can't fix poor judgement and they never will.

47. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Canada here is 18

48. Marienx

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Phone Arena, count me in as on the ppl whom read this article and now is going to think 4 times before even considering picking up the phone while driving.

49. Marienx

Posts: 122; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Btw, all cars should be installed with a device that doesn't allow cellphones to open the keyboard of a cellphone while the car is moving. The keyboard will appear 15 secs after the car fully stops.

53. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I think that's a great idea! Especially since voice input is widely available.

2. Pbrush

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Another recipient of a darwin award. It's too bad they end up hurting other innocent people in return..

32. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

A Darwin award requires the stupid one to die, which unfortunately for earth, isn't the case here.

3. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

What is so important to post something on Facebook while driving?!

11. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

that is called pure stupidity.

4. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

While going for a cab, I always tell the driver to stop texting while driving or I'll transfer to another cab.. saves a thousands of cash for the hospital bills :)

6. kajam

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

“F*ck off,” yelled Bollig!!! They told first-responders Bollig’s boyfriend, was driving. She deserve a death sentence. lord have mercy.

12. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Yep, b1tch needs to rot.

44. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Bollig and the one who lied to the authorities about who was driving should be jailed and held responsible for the injuries and death of the other occupants of both vehicle. Did he even say that he was not driving or did he try to cover up his stupid girlfriend lie? I'm just curious why wasn't the boyfriend driving if he has a driver's license? Did she even have a learners permit at the time of the accident?

8. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Here's an idea, since almost everyone has a smartphone and almost every smartphone have GPS. Why not bake in a feature or app that disables the phone completely or just lock the phone when it's moving faster than a certain speed?

13. murron

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

What if you're just riding in a car or on a bus or on a subway?

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