'I Was Texting': Woman After Car Slams Into Tree With 5-Year-Old Son Inside, Documents State
CONCORD — A woman who crashed her car while texting and driving with her young son in the back seat waived her Thursday arraignment.
Paige Corriveau, 28, of Boscawen, was arrested Jan. 24, almost a year after the March 1, 2016, crash, and charged with two counts of second-degree assault and one count of reckless conduct.
Corriveau pleaded not guilty to the charges Feb. 9.
Witnesses on Interstate 93 saw a 1998 Toyota Corolla moving with the flow of traffic before veering off the road for no apparent reason and then crashing into a tree, according to court documents.
Prior to the car ramming into the tree, the vehicle was reported as a "hazardous operator" at 7:30 p.m. after driving in the breakdown lane and swerving between lanes, police said.
Police identified Corriveau as the driver and she had her then-5-year-old in the backseat. Police had previously declined to give the relationship between Corriveau and the boy.
When officers asked her about the incident she told them, "I was texting," according to the affidavit.
Corriveau's cellphone records also indicate she was texting at the time of her crash.
Corriveau and her son sustained serious injuries in the crash.
Corriveau had a liver laceration, a collapsed lung, several fractured ribs and a fractured talus bone. After being transported to Concord Hospital, emergency crews med-flighted the child to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for emergency surgery for a bowel perforation.
As the emergency medical services were tending to Corriveau, an officer heard her state something along the lines of the "text was not that important" or "not worth it," the affidavit states.
Corriveau has been free on $2,000 bail since her January arrest.