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Woman, girl injured in crash following texting

A 2-year-old girl and a 29-year-old woman suffered facial injuries Friday night in the 600 block of School Street Southeast when the woman crashed into a parked car while texting, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Also according to the State Patrol:

Tanya M. Bowers will be charged with using a wireless device while driving – which she admitted to doing to troopers – failure to wear a seat beat and failure to use a child restraint. The girl was injured when she struck the back of the front passenger seat. A 4-year-old boy, also in the back seat, was not injured.

It was not immediately clear whether Bowers was the children’s mother; a spokeswoman for the State Patrol could not be reached Saturday. School Street is not far from Steilacoom Road in Lacey’s urbangrowth area.

Bowers was driving a 2002 Nissan Altima south when she left the road, drove onto the shoulder and crashed head-on into a parked 1999 Ford F-350 truck.

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