LEXINGTON, N.C. -- Troopers say texting while driving is what caused a crash Monday that injured five people.
Nicky Tartaglia, 18, of Denton, is charged with texting while driving and failure to reduce speed.
Investigators say Tartaglia was on her phone texting when she slammed into the back of David Brink and his two children of Lexington. Brink had stopped to turn on Highway 109 when the force of Tartaglia's vehicle sent his pickup truck into oncoming traffic, hitting Bryan Thompson head-on. Thompson had to be airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he was listed in serious condition Tuesday evening.
"Looked up my rear view mirror and I saw her coming," Brink said Tuesday evening after bringing his daughter Abby home from the hospital. "I pumped my breaks several times hoping [Tartaglia] would see me. She didn't even stop. She just hit me full speed, no skid marks, no nothing."
Brink says airbags and seatbelts saved the lives of his family. He hopes if any good comes from the crash; it's that people will put their cell phones down when behind the wheel.
"People are constantly on their phone; it's ridiculous, it's an epidemic," he said. "People need to realize how dangerous it is."