Scary Car Accident Is Warning for Moms Who Take 'Cute Kid' Videos While Driving (VIDEO)

In another tragic example of why people shouldn't be on their cell phones while driving, a mother has been arrested after she hit three teenage girls as they were walking across the street moments after police say she was video recording her son in the backseat with her phone. Rachel Elizabeth Dove, 23, was charged with third-degree assault, recklessly endangering and reckless driving.


According to investigators, Dove was sending text messages and taking a 19-second video of her young son in the back seat as they drove in Gresham, Oregon. Meanwhile, three high school students were in the crosswalk in front of their school when she plowed into them. Luckily, the injuries weren't life threatening, but they were fairly serious. Police determined that she hit the teens a little over one second after she ended the video.

Ten minutes before the crash, police say that Dove was talking on the phone, and also had sent five messages and received one. In Oregon, it is illegal to use your phone while driving without a "hands-free" device.

It's fortunate that this accident didn't cause a loss of life -- of either the teen girls or the mom and her son. By now we've all heard that it's very dangerous to text and drive but yet people keep doing it, so it can never be told enough.

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While it's understandable that a mom wants to capture those cute moments in a child's life -- moments that may even happen in the backseat of a moving car -- no moment is so cute that it needs to be captured on video while the car is moving. It's lucky that Dove didn't record her own son's accident.

Hopefully, this is a lesson Dove had now learned and she'll be much more careful in the future. She's been given a great second chance in that no one was killed. She will, however, have to face the music on her charges.

Please don't text or video and drive!

Have you ever videotaped your kid while driving?

Image via Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

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