A teenage cheerleader was killed by a sober driver who was doing a breathalyser test while driving.
18-year-old Alexis Butler from Arlington, Texas, was rushed to hospital last Friday after a pickup truck slammed into the passenger side of her Toyota Camry which she was backing out of a driveway.
She later tragically died from her injuries.
The unnamed 31-year-old pickup truck driver took his eyes off the road for three or four seconds while he took a court-ordered breathalyser test behind the wheel.
The ignition device normally shuts off a car when the driver is above the legal alcohol limit.
The police are baffled as to why the driver used it while the truck was moving.
There were no tyre marks at the scene of the incident which indicates that the driver did not try to stop before the collision.
Police are analysing a reconstruction of the crash scene in their investigation.
Lt. Chris Cook, from the Arlington Police Department, told NBC 5:
Number one thing we’ll look at is tracking down the original court order to read exactly what it said.
And more importantly for us, as a police department, is to determine what the manufacturer recommendation is as far as the guidelines in how to operate this type of equipment.
It’s very concerning to us, as a police department, that an individual may be operating some type of ignition equipment while they’re in a moving vehicle.
The unnamed driver was not drunk at the time and so far hasn’t been charged with a crime.
However, other charges are possible in this case as the investigation continues and the police gather more information.
The local police department will forward it on to the district attorney’s office who will then decide whether it should go to a grand jury.
Butler’s family have been left heartbroken over her death.
They told NBC 5:
She was larger than life – everyone loved Lexxy – Her laugh, her smile, her bubbly personality.
She touched so many people’s lives in just her short 18 years, more than most will touch in a lifetime.
Her legacy will continue to live on through her final selfless act of organ and tissue donation, which she elected.
She will continue to touch lives even in death. We know we’ll see Lexxy again in heaven and she’ll be an angel watching over us.
Butler’s friends are also holding a memorial service to honour the life of the cheerleader.
On the Facebook page for the vigil her friends Britanny and Lauren wrote:
This is an event to honour Lexxy’s life and for all of her friends and loved ones to come together during this hard time.
We will start out by speaking about Lexxy (anyone is welcome to speak), then we will do a candlelight vigil while a song or two plays and we will close with a pink balloon release.
Some candles and balloons will be provided but we want to make sure we have enough so it wouldn’t hurt to bring your own or either a balloon or candle.
We hope you all can make it and if there’s any questions or concerns please message me or Lauren.
The memorial will be held November 25.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.