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Teen Used Cell Phone Before Crash

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Authorities have determined that a Hephzibah High School homecoming queen who died in a car accident was using her phone when she lost control.


According to Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten, 18 year-old Jewel Miller's Verizon Wireless account indicates that she sent or received a message at 11:47 p.m. the night of the crash. Five minutes later and accident call was dispatched by the Richmond County Sheriffs Office to emergency response crews. 


Tuten explained the time between the message and the call as "people hearing the accident, recognizing that it was an accident, responding to the scene, calling 9-1-1 and relaying the information to the 9-1-1 dispatcher." 


Authorities suspected Miller was using her cell phone after it was found lying open next to her body. She was pronounced dead shortly before 1:00 a.m. Thursday.