May 25, 2009

Police cruiser hit by texting teen

Police in Tampa, Fla., said a hooky-playing high school student rear-ended a police cruiser because she allegedly was text messaging while driving.

Katelyn Blaylock, 18, of Lutz, Fla., told Tampa police that she rear-ended Officer Tanya Manning's police cruiser at a red light Wednesday because she was distracted by texting, the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported Monday.

Blaylock and a passenger riding in the front seat of her car were treated for minor injuries caused when the car's airbags deployed. Manning was not injured.

Police said Blaylock and two passengers in her car were students who should have been at Freedom High School in Tampa at the time of the collision.