Texting and driving may have caused fatal crash

11:02 PM, Mar 25, 2012   |    comments
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HINCKLEY, Minn. -- The Pine County Sheriff's Office is investigating a single-car crash that left 16 year old Haylie Samuelson dead Friday night.

Sharon Samuelson, Haylie's mom, said she was with Haylie less than two hours before the accident. They were talking and listening to music. Then the high school junior took off with her friend from Pine City to see another friend in Hinckley.

"I'm always reminding her and trying to make her realize that she needs to be careful and drive careful and watch your speed and not be messing around," Sharon said.

Despite the warning Haylie and her friend hit a sharp curve in the road and their car rolled over. Haylie died. Her friend was taken to the hospital. Broken glass still liters the scene and parts of Haylie's car are scattered about. Friends say Haylie was texting and driving. Her family believes she was not texting. The sheriff's office is still investigating. Haylie's mom said they were just starting to plan college. Now she has to plan her only daughter's funeral.

"It's just hard. It's hard I want her back. I want her to come back and she just won't," Sharon said.

Haylie loved horses. She loved traveling and loved dying her hair.

"She's one of a kind. Always looking for the next adventure. Never a dull moment. She just had a great heart," Alyssa Bjorklund, Haylie's half-sister, said.

Though her family doesn't know for sure what happened to Haylie they do know it ended way too soon.

Funeral arrangements are pending. Haylie's friend was released from North Memorial Hospital Sunday.

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