Residents in and around Hudson have probably heard about the recent devastating crash that took the lives of three teenage boys. The crash, which happened in late July, has brought a lot of attention to the serious concern of distracted driving.

Distracted driving can come in many forms, from answering a cellphone to tuning into a radio station, but in the case of this fatal crash, the boys were reportedly being just that: boys. The four teenagers in the vehicle were trying to get the attention of a girl in a nearby vehicle, according to reports.

The crash, which happened on an interstate near Hudson, killed three New Richmond High School students. The 17-year-old driver was apparently looking in the center console of the vehicle he was driving, reportedly trying to find a piece of paper to write his phone number on.

Police investigation shows that the boys encountered a girl driving in a nearby lane, and wanted to get her attention. According to information obtained from witnesses and the one survivor of the crash, a 17-year-old boy, they wanted to write their phone number on a piece of paper for the girl to see.

As the driver looked down, he crashed his sport utility vehicle into the back of a tractor-trailer amid heavy traffic. The driver, as well as two passengers, was killed in the crash. The father of the 17-year-old driver understands that the boys were distracted but has also brought attention to the fact that a warning sign telling drivers of a construction zone ahead was not illuminated at the time of the crash. He says he believes the sign would have made a difference.

Source: Star Tribune, “Pursuit of girl distracted teens in fatal crash on I-94 in Wis.,” Paul Walsh, Aug. 9, 2012