Sheriff: Driver held phone, not wheel, before fatal crash in River Falls

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RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Wisconsin authorities say a Minnesota woman had both hands on her cell phone and apparently none on her steering when she lost control of her car and sent the vehicle behind her into a deadly rollover.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office says the crash Friday afternoon killed 16-year-old Kyra Faith Hayes, of Beldenville.

A statement says a 21-year-old from Big Lake, Minnesota, was driving in front of Hayes on Wisconsin Highway 35 near River Falls. Capt. Jeff Klatt says it appears she didn’t have either hand on the wheel and wasn’t steering at all before her car veered into Hayes’ lane. The vehicles didn’t touch, but Hayes took evasive action and her SUV rolled. She died at the scene.

The sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate whether to recommend charges.


  • Always Outspoken

    “WHETHER to recommend charges”?

    My God, this woman needs to be jailed for some type of vehicular manslaughter AT THE VERY LEAST.

  • debra hahm

    I see this on a daily basis. Just want to get out of my vehicle and pound on their car windows. have even seen a young man driving with his knees on the wheel while on his phone. This is just like drunk driving. Send the person to prison for a very long time. Get the message across.

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