Driver charged for hitting teen who was distracted by Facetime as she crossed street

Posted at 4:57 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 16:57:09-04

A motorist whose car hit a student distracted by Facetime as she crossed a street near her Pennsylvania high school has been charged with vehicular assault and other crimes because prosecutors say he was speeding.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 32-year-old James Clark IV, who was charged Monday by the Montgomery County district attorney's office.

Detectives say the Abington man was driving 46 mph in a 25 mph zone when his car hit 14-year-old Abington Senior High School student Kelly Williams on Aug. 23. The DA says the girl remained hospitalized Monday with kidney and spleen lacerations, a concussion, fractures to her pelvis, leg and vertebra and other injuries.

District Attorney Kevin Steele says Williams was thrown more than 100 feet. Detectives didn't cite her video chatting as a factor in the crash.