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Woman charged with texting while driving

Aug. 1, 2012 at 12:23 PM

NEWFANE, N.Y., Aug. 1 (UPI) -- A Newfane, N.Y., driver was charged with texting while driving in a July 16 accident which killed a bicyclist, police said.

Alicia Westgate, 25, struck and killed Richard Webb, 68, an avid bicyclist, as each was traveling in the same direction on a road in the Niagara County, N.Y., town of Burt, the Buffalo, N.Y., News reported Wednesday.

Driver inattention was blamed for the crash, police deputies said. Westgate was charged Tuesday with reckless operation, use of a portable device for texting and failure to use due care, and will answer charges in Newfane Town Court on Aug. 14.

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