2011-11-10 / Local & State

Funeral Set For Pa. Teen Police Say Was Texting

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) – A funeral is set for a western Pennsylvania girl who police say crashed into a tree while text-messaging hours after the state Senate approved a ban on the practice.

Some family and friends of 17-year-old Alexis Summers, of Saxonburg, don’t believe she was texting, saying she was a responsible “guardian angel” who often lectured her friends about the dangerous practice.

State police say her phone indicated she was responding to a text when she crashed shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday in Jefferson Township, Butler County.

Her funeral was set for Friday morning.

Classmate Mallory Bateman says she included Summers in a text message about cheerleading practice about 10 minutes before the crash, but says it didn't require a response.

Bateman says people are trying to make Summers the “poster child” for texting while driving but says, “She's not.”

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