New teen driver killed in crash; texting to blame?

Troopers say texting was likely a factor in the case of a Missouri teen who was killed in a car crash while on one of her first solo drives.

A 16-year-old Missouri girl crashed into a tractor-trailer on one of her initial solo drives after receiving her license, and troopers are investigating whether she was texting at the time.

Savannah Nash, a student at Harrisonville High School in Harrisonville, Mo., died Thursday after her car impacted the tractor-trailer on Missouri Highway 7, south of Harrisonville, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

Investigators said Nash was at a stop sign at an intersection and failed to yield as she pulled into the southbound lanes of the highway. The 2003 Chrysler she was driving was totaled.

Nash died at the scene. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured.

Troopers suspected texting while driving was likely a contributing factor in the crash.

"There was a text message that was on her phone, however it was not sent yet," Sgt. Bill Lowe of the state patrol told WDAF-TV.

"That is a probable contributing circumstance to the crash. That's all part of the investigation."

Nash had received her driver's license less than a week before the accident, WDAF reported. Family members said she had run to the store to get something for her stepmother for dinner. It was one of the first times Nash had driven by herself, local media reported.

Hundreds of students at Harrisonville High attended a prayer vigil for Nash in front of her school on Friday morning, KMBC-TV reported.  

A Facebook page was set up in her memory.

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