By: Steve Dellar | 11-20-2017 | News
Photo credit: Alexis Butler | Facebook

Arlington Teen Cheerleader Killed By Distracted Breath-Testing Driver

The death of an Arlington Cheerleader who died of wounds caused by a car accident a week ago is raising all sorts of questions.

18-year-old Miss Alexis Butler, died after she was struck on her passenger side by a pickup truck, just as she was backing up her Toyota Camry out of a driveway along the 2700 block of Redstone Drive.

Police noticed during the accident investigation there were no brake marks and questioned the driver about this.

At this point, the 31-year-old driver of the pick-up admitted that he was distracted as he had to repeatedly breathe into his breath-testing device to get the car to continue moving.

Yes, you are reading this correctly, the driver that caused a deadly accident was not intoxicated but distracted because he had to look down from his steering wheel to perform a breath test on his court-ordered ignition interlock device, just a second before the collision.

Lieutenant Chris Cook of the Arlington Police Department commented: “Number one thing we’ll look at is tracking down the original court order to read exactly what it said,” said. And more importantly for us, as a police department, is to determine what the manufacturer recommendation is as far as the guidelines in how to operate this type of equipment. It’s very concerning to us, as a police department, that an individual may be operating some type of ignition equipment while they’re in a moving vehicle.”

The family of Alexis Butler does not know yet whether they’ll press further charges, stating they are just as surprised as everyone else. They released a statement concerning the death of young Alexis: “She was larger than life - everyone loved Lexxy - Her laugh, her smile, her bubbly personality. She touched so many people’s lives in just her short 18 years, more than most will touch in a lifetime. Her legacy will continue to live on through her final selfless act of organ and tissue donation, which she elected. She will continue to touch lives even in death. We know we’ll see Lexxy again in Heaven and she’ll be an angel watching over us.”


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