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Teen hit pedestrian with car while using cell phone, police say

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (FOX 42 KPTM)-- Council Bluffs police say an 18-year-old woman admitted to looking at her phone when she ran into a pedestrian and a tree Thursday night.

If she's convicted of the Use of Electronic Communication Device she was charged with, she could be charged a fine of $100.50.

Investigators say Kyleigh Severn was heading south on North 28th Street when she ran into a man near Avenue F.

Officers say she admitted to looking at her phone and driving off the right side of the road.

That's where they say she ran into Kenneth Hill, 36, who was walking on the sidewalk. They say she then ran into a tree.

Police say Severn didn't realize she hit anything other than the tree until she got out of her car and saw people helping Hill out.

He was taken to Jennie Edmundson ER in case of head injuries, but he was treated and released.

Police say Severn said she was going about 25 mph when she hit Hill.

She was ticketed for unlawful use of an electronic device.

Police are reminding people it is illegal to use an electronic device while behind the wheel, this includes while stopped at traffic signals or stop signs.

If someone is killed while a driver is on their cell phone, they could face 10 years in prison.


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