Cell phone use probed as cause of fatal crash

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    Investigators are looking at cell phone use as a possible cause of a crash Wednesday in Sardinia that killed a young Holland man, an Erie County sheriff’s deputy said Thursday.

    Whether Jay Stevens-Gates, 20, was talking on the phone or texting when he crossed the center line on Route 16 and crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer is part of the probe, said Deputy Jeffrey Ely of the sheriff’s Accident Investigation Unit.

    Investigators also are awaiting the results of a toxicology report, though there is no indication Stevens-Gates had been drinking or using drugs prior to the 2:30 p. m. accident.

    Speed and weather conditions have been ruled out as factors in the crash, Ely said.

    Stevens-Gates was southbound on Route 16 near Dutchtown Road when he veered into the path of a north-bound tractor-trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene. ......

    Cell phone use probed as cause of fatal crash - The Buffalo News

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