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Man Accused in Fatal Crash Was Text Messaging, Authorities Say

Man Accused in Fatal Crash Was Text Messaging, Authorities Say



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Text messaging on a cell phone may have played a role in a crash that killed two people in Cache County, authorities said.

Reggie Shaw, 20, was messaging as he drove to Logan from Tremonton, and his last communication was sent just before his sport utility vehicle crossed the center line last Sept. 22, according to court documents.

The SUV clipped a Saturn LS2, which then crashed into a Ford F-250 truck. James Furfaro and Keith O'Dell were killed in the Saturn.

Shaw has been charged with negligent homicide.

"It's just a bitter waste. These two men were just so incredible," widow Leila O'Dell said.

During interviews with investigators, Shaw "was continuously receiving and sending text messages," according to documents filed in Logan's 1st District Court.

Shaw could not be reached for comment Saturday. There was no phone number listed in his name.

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Information from: The Herald Journal

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