Troopers: Teen may have been texting before crash with dump truck
UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Union County teenager is recovering after his car was struck by a dump truck Tuesday morning.
North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers say the high school student who caused the wreck may have been texting.
The crash happened around 7:30 a.m. at Lathan and S. Rocky River Roads.
The Highway Patrol says the dump truck plowed into16-year-old Paul Glaser's car when the teen failed to yield to the truck as he attempted to go through the intersection to pick up a friend on the way to school.
Investigators are now saying there are signs the teen may have been distracted.
"There are some indications there that he may have been texting prior to leaving his residence or on the way. We're not really sure yet," said Master Trooper John Burgin with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
On Wednesday, troopers told WBTV that Glaser was running late to pick up his girlfriend for school.
Investigators say text messages on the teen's phone showed that he was in a hurry and the last text he sent before the crash was "OMW" (on my way) to his girlfriend.
The trooper is saying it's hard to say that texting definitely caused the accident, but they're not ruling it out and it's still under investigation. They plan to talk to Glaser on Friday.
"As soon as I heard the news I left school," said Glaser's friend Jesse Fouts.
Fouts told WBTV the Parkwood High School junior is the class president and loves to play the guitar.
Fouts was stunned when he heard the news.
"He's super smart, real laid back, chill type of guy," said Fouts.
Investigators say Glaser was seriously hurt.
He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Main where a source close to the situation said he underwent surgery and is stable.
WBTV learned the Glaser's spleen had to be removed and he suffered several broken ribs.
Troopers say this should be a wake up call to all young drivers to be focused on the road while behind the wheel.
"Slow down, take your time and look twice because it may save your life," said MT. Burgin.
Investigators say charges are pending against Glaser as they continue to investigate the accident.
Troopers say the teen just received his license last month.
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