An 18-year-old with a learner's permit was texting while driving when he veered into oncoming traffic and nearly caused a head-on crash Monday, according to Alaska State Troopers.
Troopers pulled over Cameron Finley, of Wasilla, at 9:28 a.m. near mile 48.5 of the Parks Highway, west of Wasilla. Finley was cited for texting behind the wheel, a misdemeanor, driving in violation of his instructional permit and reckless driving, according to a trooper report posted online.
Finley was driving a 1986 GMC truck that troopers released to a licensed driver.
The state Legislature passed a law meant to ban texting while driving in Alaska in 2008, but the law was not clearly written. Lawmakers in 2012 passed a revised statute explicitly outlawing the activity.
An Anchorage 16-year-old, Murphy Gross, was indicted on manslaughter and felony texting-while-driving charges earlier this month following a February accident that killed a 27-year-old mother of two in Midtown. Gross had a learner's permit but not a valid license, prosecutors said.
By KYLE HOPKINS