An Arlington, Texas teen died on Friday afternoon after being hit by a non-impaired driver who was allegedly distracted while taking a breathalyzer test. Alexis Butler, 18, was backing her car out of a driveway when the passenger side of her car was hit by a pickup truck, driven by an unidentified driver, KXAS reports.
That driver, age 31, told police he didn’t see Butler backing out because his eyes were off the road while performing a court-ordered breathalyzer test “for three to four seconds.” According to NBC5, the drive was non-impaired at the time of the accident.
“Number one thing we’ll look at is tracking down the original court order to read exactly what it said,” Lt. Chris Cook told KXAS. “And more importantly for us, as a police department, is to determine what the manufacturer recommendation is as far as the guidelines in how to operate this type of equipment. [...] It’s very concerning to us, as a police department, that an individual may be operating some type of ignition equipment while they’re in a moving vehicle.”
“She was larger than life - everyone loved Lexxy - Her laugh, her smile, her bubbly personality,” Butler’s family said, according to KXAS. “She touched so many people’s lives in just her short 18 years, more than most will touch in a lifetime.”
The police department said that even though the man wasn’t drinking it is still possible that he could be charged. They are still investigating, according to local reports.