Police: Winston-Salem woman was texting, speeding before deadly crash


The 1100 block of Ziglar Road (Google Maps)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem woman who died last week in a single-vehicle crash had been texting and speeding before the accident, according to a police report obtained by the Winston-Salem Journal.

Police say Lindsay Kae Mathis Burns, 23, of Robbins Lane, died at the scene of the crash, which was reported shortly after 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in the 1100 block of Ziglar Road.

Michael Keith Thompson, 28, of the same address as Burns, was a passenger in the 1996 Ford Explorer Burns was driving, police said.  He was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to be treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.

According to police, Burns was driving the SUV north on Ziglar Road toward Bethania-Rural Hall Road when the vehicle went off the roadway.

Burns lost control of the vehicle, which then “became involved in a rollover-style crash,” police said.

The Winston-Salem Journal, citing an accident report prepared by police, reports Burns was texting on her cell phone and driving 65 mph in the 45-mph zone.

Neither Burns nor Thompson were wearing seat belts, the paper reports.

According to the Journal, the investigating officer also suspects Burns was impaired.  Investigators are waiting for test results to determine whether alcohol or drugs were also contributing factors.

Source: JournalNow.com

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