TEEN CITED: Polk County Texting Crash

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An Elkhart teen has been issued traffic citations in connection with an accident that injured a Des Moines teacher last week.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened October 16th around 8:00 p.m. Seventeen-year-old Maria Claussen was driving eastbound in the 1700 block of NE 142nd Ave. near Alleman and texting when she struck a bicyclist from behind. The biker, 42-year-old John Meyer, was also traveling eastbound.

Claussen has now been cited for use of electronic communication device while driving and improperly overtaking a vehicle.

At last word, Meyer was in fair condition. He is a teacher at Garton Elementary School.