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Troopers: Texting to Blame For Fatal Lexington Car Accident

10:37 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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Lexington, NC -- State Troopers believe texting is to blame for a fatal accident in Lexington.

Authorities say the crash happened on Interstate 85 Business Loop, near Old Greensboro Road, Tuesday afternoon.

It was a construction zone, and troopers say 57-year-old Richard Carter was stopped on the highway when 33-year-old Lance Safford slammed into him, going 60 miles per hour.

Carter was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Safford was charged with misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody Tuesday and made his $10,000 bond. 

State Trooper Nathan Varney is investigating the case and told WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower Safford faces additional charges.

A witness told authorities they saw Safford texting at the time of the accident. Troopers seized his phone and say there is evidence confirming that report.

Safford has not been charged with texting while driving yet, but Varney says he is going over the evidence with the district attorney. He says charges will most likely be filed Thursday.

Carter's family spoke with WFMY News 2 Wednesday but did not want to go on camera. They say Carter was a loving, wonderful man who will be greatly missed. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday. 

WFMY News 2

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