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May 18. 2013 2:00PM

Portsmouth driver distracted by Facebook hits utility pole


PORTSMOUTH — A local woman distracted by her cellphone crashed the vehicle she was driving into a telephone pole Saturday morning and suffered minor injuries, police said.

"After an investigation, it was determined the driver was distracted and using her cellphone to check her Facebook status," said Sgt. Aaron Goodwin.

Kelsie Hoyne, 23, of Portsmouth, was cited for negligent driving. She was treated at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. A passenger wasn't hurt.

The accident, reported around 10:15 a.m., forced Elwyn Road to be closed for about an hour to allow for Public Service of New Hampshire to repair the phone.

Goodwin had a little advice for drivers and their phones.

"If you hear your phone go off, wait until you're in a safe location before you check your status," he said. "Either one of them could have been killed today."


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