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17-Year-Old Balinese Girl Pays the Price for Texting While Driving a Motorcycle

(2/28/2013) A motorcycle driven by a young Balinese woman collided into a car on the road between Denpasar and the West Bali port of Gilimanuk on Thursday, February 28, 2013, sending 17-year-old Diah Yusmira Dewi to the intensive care unit of the Tabanan General Hospital with a broken leg and other injuries.

According to Ni Luh Tresnawati - a 17-year-old female companion riding pillion with Diah, the driver of the motorcycle was reading an SMS message when the accident occurred.

The State News Agency Antara reports that the motorcycle being driven at a high rate of speed struck the back of a pick-up truck. The motorcycle caught on fire after the collision in the village of Sembung, Kerambitan, Tabanan.

Another motorcycle coming from the opposite direction driven by 22-year-old Puput Julianto collided with the first motorcycle. Puput suffered broken bones and passenger abrasions in the accident that also saw his motorcycle destroyed by fire when the gasoline contained in the vehicles tank caught fire.