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Driver accused of texting before fatal crash in Parkers

Echo Press file photo On September 15, 2010, Kayla Carry's Cavalier (above) crossed the centerline on Highway 29 just south of Parkers Prairie and struck Lucille Vogt's Taurus head on, according to the State Patrol.

An 18-year-old driver in a head-on crash that killed Lucille Vogt, 77, of Parkers Prairie last September is accused of sending text messages minutes before the collision.

Kayla Carry of Browerville, who made her first appearance in Otter Tail County District Court on January 31, faces 10 years in prison for vehicular homicide. She was also charged with operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner.

The charges stem from a September 15, 2010 crash that happened on Highway 29 just south of Parkers Prairie.

Carry, who was driving a 1998 Cavalier, crossed the centerline and struck Vogt's 2003 Ford Taurus, according to the State Patrol.

Vogt was transported to a hospital where she later died from her injuries. Carry was seriously injured and was transported by Life Link III helicopter to St. Cloud Hospital.

While investigating the crash, the Minnesota State Patrol obtained cellular phone records that show Carry had sent or received 15 text messages that morning. She also reportedly sent an outgoing text message at 8:20 a.m.; the Otter Tail County Dispatch Center received the first 911 call about the crash at 8:24 a.m.

Carry reportedly told investigators that she has no recollection of the crash itself. She said she had left a friend's house in Carlos to go see a friend in Hewitt when she began communicating with a third friend in Alexandria who wanted her to go visit her.

Carry reportedly turned around and was heading back toward Alexandria when the crash occurred.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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