Teen driver, texting while driving, ignores pleas from passengers and the results are tragic
posted by Maxwell R. / Oct 20, 2015, 12:53 AM
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
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.
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 12:59 AM 31
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20?? Well that is a bit too much. Besides she was driving without a license.
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 1:09 AM 9
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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...
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 2:08 AM 6
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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.
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 2:16 AM 4
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Responsibility isn't bound to age, you can be an idiot at any moment of your life, glad some people can change....
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 2:55 AM 5
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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,
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 8:28 AM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 7:43 AM 0
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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.
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 9:58 AM 2
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Another recipient of a darwin award. It's too bad they end up hurting other innocent people in return..
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 1:03 AM 3
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“F*ck off,” yelled Bollig!!! They told first-responders Bollig’s boyfriend, was driving. She deserve a death sentence. lord have mercy.
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 1:16 AM 9
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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?
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 9:15 AM 2
Posts: 427; 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?
posted on Oct 20, 2015, 1:18 AM 1
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