Elizabeth Haley Meyers, a 20-year-old woman from Annapolis, Maryland, is facing a potential 10 year prison sentence in connection with the death of a motorcycle rider. Police say it all happened because Meyers was texting while driving.
On March 10th, Jonathan Wesley Roberts, a 30-year-old man from Virginia, was out cruising on his motorcycle. He was headed north on Route 3 in Gambrills when then 19-year-old Meyers pulled right in front of Roberts as she was on her way to Royal Farms. Roberts struck the vehicle and died on the scene of the accident from severe injuries.
The Anne Arundel County state’s attorney says her office has proof that Meyers was texting while driving at the time of the crash. “We have an eyewitness who was walking in the area. He saw her driving with one hand on the wheel and the other hand looking down and texting. We also have cell phone records, which confirm she was texting at the time,” said Anne Colt Leitess, Anne Arundel County state’s attorney.
Meyers face a count of negligent manslaughter, the first in the state’s history in connection with texting while driving. The accident occurred just days after Maryland enacted a distracted driving law which makes it illegal to text while driving and to talk on a handheld phone. Similar laws requiring drivers to use hands-free devices have been in place in other states like NY for several years.
No word was given on any type of plea bargain deal in the case. If convicted by trial, Meyers could face up to ten years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines.