Court docs: Driver sent text prior to fatal crash with cyclist

Published: Apr. 13, 2016 at 11:56 AM CDT
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Investigators said Lorie Ann Miller was behind the wheel when bicyclist Donna David, 52, was struck and killed in July 2015 north of Marshfield.

Miller, 54, of Rib Lake, told investigators she was driving home from her job in Aprin when she heard a thud. The crash was reported just before 6 p.m. on July 13 near the intersection of Birch Street and County T in the Town of McMillan between Stratford and Marshfield.

According to court documents, a text message was sent just three minutes before Miller's 911 call. According to court documents, the message had been sent and deleted, but was later recoved by investigators.

According to court documents, Miller told investigators she was not using her phone and it was in her purse. However, according to the incident report a deputy found Miller's phone on the floor of the passenger side. Miller said she sent a text prior to leaving work, and it must have delayed sending.

On Aug. 26, 2015 a deputy went to the location of Miller's work and sent two text messages using phones from two different cell phone providers. The deputy reported both texts sent immediately.

Investigators said the text message was sent at 5:50 p.m. and said “is Kamerons game still on”. The text was reportedly in reference to a relatives t-ball game. Investigators said the text message, was deleted but recovered by detectives. According to court documents, the 911 call was reported at 5:53 p.m.

Miller is free on $5,000 signature bond. She's expected to learn if the case will head to trial May 26.