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Mother Sentenced To Prison for Distracted Driving

On Jan. 15, Elizabeth Dove was recording her son with her cellphone as she was driving near Centennial High School in Gresham, Oregon. Three freshmen students were in a crosswalk when Dove hit them with her car.

According to The Oregonian, a 19-second long video shows Dove gesturing to her son with a phone in her hand just before hitting the teenagers. A six-second clip taken after the crash reportedly shows the phone laying in the passenger's seat, with Dove panicking and a child crying in the background. David admitted she was filming her son, but it was "quite a bit before the crash."

KPTV reports that according to a probable cause affidavit, "The victims would have been entering the roadway when the video was at the 15.06 mark, which is when defendant appears to have had no hands on the steering wheel."

A witness said that other drivers stopped, but Dove kept a speed of 40 mpg. He pressed his horn, saw Dove slow down a little, then saw the girls "go flying." The teenagers all survived but had serious injuries, including concussions, a skull fracture and a torn ACL.

A mother of one of the girls said that her daughter will have to live with the effects of the accident for the rest of her life, not to mention the "almost unbearable" medical bills the family has to pay.

Dove pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree assault and reckless driving in August. She was sentenced to 30 days of jail to be served in December and four months in summer 2016.

Dove spoke to the families saying, "It's hard to put into words the remorse I have felt since Jan. 15. I'm so sorry for my actions. I cannot imagine the pain and trauma you've experienced because of my distracted driving."

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