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The Tippecanoe County [Ind.] Sheriff’s Office says a Lafayette driving instructor died after a crash Saturday.
As News 18 previously reported, the crash happened around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, near the intersection of U.S. 52 and County Road 975 East.
Deputies say a student driver was headed south on U.S. 52 in a driver’s education vehicle when the student slowed in the left lane with his signal on to make a left turn or possibly a U-turn. A pickup truck, driven by 24-year-old Nicholas Salem of Michigantown, was traveling behind the car and hit the back end of the vehicle.
Deputies believe the impact was due to distracted driving because there was a lack of brake marks at the scene. Investigators also said even though Salem denied texting while driving, time stamps on text messages prove there were correspondences happening during the time of the incident. One message was sent one minute before police were contacted about the crash, according to the crash report.