Teen used mobile Facebook just before fatal crash

Teen used mobile Facebook just before fatal crash

Taylor Sauer

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by Andrea Lutz

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Posted on January 14, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 16 at 6:04 PM

ELMORE COUNTY -- Idaho State Police continue to investigate a three car crash that took the life of a Caldwell woman. 

It happened Saturday night, when 18-year-old Taylor Sauer crashed into the back of a semi-truck.

It was one year ago that Taylor appeared on KTVB’s Saturday morning news as the recipient of our “Distinguished Student Award.”

When that story aired, we showed you how the Marsing High School honor student was thinking about college and wanted to become a teacher.

"A little scared, but I’m ready to leave and go farther. Take on the world," Taylor Sauer said at the time.

Taylor did go further.  According to her Facebook page, she enrolled at Utah State University and was studying elementary education.

As a Distinguished Student Winner, Sauer had solid work ethic and it was her community service that put her in the spotlight.  But Saturday her bright future was cut short.

Idaho State Police say at around 9 p.m., Sauer was traveling westbound on Interstate 84 in Elmore County.  Traveling ahead of her was a semi-truck pulling a tanker trailer.  The driver was traveling slow, only about 15 mph and was going uphill.  Sauer struck the back of the semi and was then struck by another semi-truck from behind.

Sauer’s Facebook page gives clues as to what could have happened just moments before the crash. 

Around the time of the crash, Sauer was engaged in a Facebook conversation with friends.  After a few back and forth comments about a Denver football game Taylor then wrote "I can't discuss this matter now.  Driving and facebooking is not safe! Haha."

Later in the online conversation, another friend asked “Why aren’t you here?”

Sauer held a 3.9 GPA at Marsing High School.  She was involved in 4-H, FFA and she played first base for her high school softball team. She even planned a "tough enough to wear pink" breast cancer awareness night at the school.

"It's just a really cool experience to get everyone involved,” said Taylor Sauer in the DSA story that aired one year ago.

Idaho State Police continue to investigate the crash that killed Taylor, but troopers said she was wearing her seatbelt and was not drinking.

Idaho State Police has not said specifically what caused the crash.  They have not released anymore details about whether Taylor was texting or on Facebook while driving.

The driver of the semi-truck that hit Taylor's car before going off of the road, was taken to an Elmore County hospital with injuries.

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