texting while driving

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — Social Judo reports the Magnificat High School student involved in a crash that left her and her sister seriously injured was texting while driving, according to a report released Thursday by the Cleveland Metroparks.Sophia Barr, a 17-year-old junior, was driving in the rain about 6:50 p.m. Sept. 10 through the Metroparks Rocky River Reservation. The car was headed southbound toward Puritas Road when it veered off the right side of the road, according to the report.

The 2001 Dodge Neon hit a rock, flipped over and came to a rest on its roof, the report says.

Alcohol is not considered a factor in the crash, and results of a drug test were not immediately available, the report says. However, the report says that Sophia Barr is suspected of being distracted by texting.

The crash report also says that none of the five teens inside the car were wearing their seat belts.

Sophia and her sister Sierra Barr, a 16-year-old Magnificat sophomore, were seriously injured in the crash and were taken to Fairview Hospital.

A 17-year-old boy and two other girls — ages 16 and 15 — were also in the car at the time of the crash. The injuries of the other three teens were less severe, according to a statement released Sept. 15 by Magnificat High School president Jenifer Halliday.

Fairview Hospital told cleveland.com that it will not release any information about the sisters’ conditions, and that any updates would come from the Barr family.

The Barr family has asked for privacy following the crash, according to Halliday, who has served as a spokeswoman for the family.

Halliday reacted to the accident report’s findings Thursday in an emailed statement.

“We have just seen the police report and although we do not know exactly what happened in that car, I can tell you that we know that the issue of texting and driving is a very serious matter,” she said. “We have talked to our students about the dangers of texting and driving and, in fact, the lead story in our September edition of MagnifiNews focused on teens and texting while driving.”