A 21-year-old Newtown woman is accused of causing a two-crash on Easton Turnpike, which sent the other driver to the hospital, because she was texting while driving.
Carly Goeller, a resident of the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, was charged by police with distracted driving Monday afternoon after she crossed into a lane of approaching traffic on Easton Turnpike while sending a text message and struck another car head-on.
Goeller was traveling north in a Jeep when she crossed the double-yellow traffic line and hit a southbound sedan driven by a 67-year-old Norwalk woman, pushing the car back 61 feet. Both vehicles suffered heavy front-end damage.
Goeller told police she was not sure what happened, but did tell officers that she was not texting or talking on the phone when the accident took place.
However, police checked her cell phone, according to the report, and said they found an outgoing text message sent at 3:12 p.m. The accident was reported at 3:14 p.m., according to the report.
A stretch of Easton Turnpike was closed until just after 4 p.m. while police worked to clear the accident scene.
Goeller was also charged with failure to drive in the proper lane.