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Woman was texting during fatal crash

2 students died walking along road

GateHouse Ohio Media Published: July 15, 2017 4:00 AM

COVENTRY TWP. -- An investigation into the Memorial Day weekend crash that killed two Coventry Middle School students and critically injuring a third revealed that a woman was texting while driving at the time of the incident, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

Natasha Boggs, 24, of New Franklin was arrested Friday and transported to the Summit County Jail on several charges stemming from the crash. She faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter and a count of tampering with records. All are third-degree felonies.

She was also charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, a first-degree misdemeanor; one count of vehicular assault, a first-degree misdemeanor; one count of marked lanes violation, a third-degree misdemeanor; and texting while driving, a minor misdemeanor.

According to the sheriff's office, Boggs was driving a 1999 Ford Escort north on South Main Street about 4:45 p.m. May 28, when she traveled over the fog line near Leicester Drive and struck three children who were walking along the edge of the road.

Taylor Galloway, 14, an eighth-grader at the middle school, was pronounced dead at the scene. Classmate Amber Thoma, also 14, was transported to Akron Children's Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

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A third student, a 15-year-old boy, was transported to Children's Hospital with serious injuries. A fourth boy with the group was uninjured.

Summit County Sheriff's Inspector Bill Holland said that while the investigation concluded Boggs was texting at the time of the crash, he would not confirm that caused her to go over the fog lane and strike the children.

"The investigation revealed she was texting while driving. I'll leave it at that," he said.

The tampering with evidence charge stems from activity with her cellphone, with Holland saying, "It was found there were things done on her cellphone after the accident."


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