Marin Woman Killed in Crash Might Have Been Texting

Boyfriend received texts from her cell minutes before fatal crash

By Jessica Greene
|  Tuesday, Oct 5, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM PDT
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Marin Woman Killed in Crash Might Have Been Texting

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Texting while driving is a crime in California.

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A woman who was killed when her Lexus SUV flipped on Highway 101 in Sausalito last week might have been sending a text message from her cell phone when she crashed, police said.

Lauren Nelson was on her way to see her boyfriend in San Francisco on Wednesday when the crash happened. She apparently lost control of the SUV at about 8:45 p.m. while driving south on 101 just before the Marin City exit.

Nelson, who worked for an advertising agency in San Francisco, was thrown from the SUV and she might have been hit by another passing vehicle, investigators say. The SUV kept going, flipped over the center median and eventually stopped on the northbound side of the freeway.

Nelson's boyfriend received a text message from her within five-10 minutes of the crash, a CHP officer said. Investigators are trying to get the password for Nelson's cell phone so they can find out the details of her outgoing texts.

Police said Nelson, from Kentfield, was not wearing a seat belt when she crashed. Investigators are awaiting results from toxicology tests.

Nobody else was injured in the crash.

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