Massachusetts woman who caused head-on crash was texting while driving

NORTH READING — A Lawrence woman who caused a head-on collision in North Reading was texting while driving, according to police, who have filed charges against her.

The 33-year-old woman, whose name was not publicly released, will be summonsed to Woburn District Court on charges of driving to endanger, marked-lanes violation and “sending or reading text messages while operating a motor vehicle,” North Reading Police Chief Michael P. Murphy said Friday.

The crash happened around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Lowell Road and North Street (Route 62). The Lawrence woman and the driver of the other vehicle both sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Murphy said.

The Lawrence woman was eastbound in a Toyota Camry when she crossed the double-yellow line and crashed into a westbound Jeep, police said. A witness who was behind the Toyota recorded the incident after noticing the woman’s “reckless driving prior to the crash,” police said.

“Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in this crash,” Murphy said. “We remind motorists to stay off their electronic devices while driving, even if you’re sitting in traffic, at a stop light or programming your GPS. The video of the crash shows just what a second of distracted driving can cause. It’s just not worth it.”

Police in North Reading are among the more than 200 Massachusetts law enforcement agenices set to participate in a state-sponsored Distracted Driving Enforcement Campaign, which runs from April 8 through April 29.

State law prohibits drivers from writing, sending or reading electronic messages, using apps, and browsing the Internet while they are driving or stopped in traffic. Operators under 18 are banned from using mobile phones and other electronic devices while driving. Violators could face a $500 fine or lose their driver’s license.