Texas native Alexis Butler, 18, died Friday afternoon after being struck by a non-impaired driver who was taking a breathalyzer test while driving his vehicle.
Butler was backing her car out of a driveway when the passenger side of her vehicle was hit by a pickup truck on Nov. 10. The driver of the truck was a 31-year-old unidentified male.
Arlington Police Department officials didn’t find any track marks from the driver’s vehicle, which indicates he did not try to stop his truck. The driver reportedly told APD that he couldn’t see Butler’s car because his eyes were off the road “for three to four seconds” while using a breathalyzer test on a court-ordered device.
Police said he was non-impaired at the time of the accident.
“Number one thing we’ll look at is tracking down the original court order to read exactly what it said,” Lt. Chris Cook told local media. “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.”
The ignition interlock device disallows a vehicle from starting if the driver is found to have been consuming alcohol. Even though the driver hadn’t been drinking, he could still be charged. Authorities plan to reconstruct the crash and review the data recorded in order to investigate further.
“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,” Cook said.
Butler’s family told local media that 18-year-old Alexis was “larger than life” and that “everyone loved” her.
“She was larger than life. Everyone loved Lexxy … her laugh, her smile, her bubbly personality,” the family said in a statement. “She touched so many people’s lives in just her short 18 years, more than most will touch in a lifetime.”