ARLINGTON, Texas — A teenage cheerleader was killed after a driver distracted by having to give a court-ordered breathalyzer test while on the road, slammed into her car, police said.
The unidentified 31-year-old driver was not drunk at the time of the accident and has not been charged, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Alexis Butler, 18, died about a week after the crash which occurred as she was backing out of her driveway in Arlington and was struck by a Chevy Silverado, police said.
The driver of the pickup told cops he had briefly taken his eyes off the road to perform the ignition interlock test, which involved him blowing into a device that can disable the vehicle if not activated.
The man had previously had a drunken driving arrest and had the the device installed in his car as part of his agreement with the court.
While interlock devices are typically known to require a driver to blow into them to test their blood alcohol level before driving, they periodically will require a “retest” while the driver is on the road to prove they haven’t started drinking after they turned the car on or that they hadn’t gotten someone else to perform the original test.