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Driver was using her phone when crash occurred on Jake Alexander Boulevard on Friday, police say

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Police say a woman involved in a Friday afternoon crash was talking on the phone when she turned into the path of a vehicle on South Jake Alexander Boulevard.

The woman was taken to a local hospital as a precaution, officials said.

According to a Salisbury Police Department report, Candra Anne Stallings, 30, of Concord, was traveling southeast on South Jake Alexander Boulevard in a Jeep when she tried to turn left at the last second. She admitted to police officers that she was talking on her phone via Bluetooth, but she said she had not been texting while driving.

Police spokesman Lt. Greg Beam said she was taken to Novant Health Rowan Medical Center by Rowan County EMS as a precaution because she is pregnant. She has since been released.

Jose Guadalupe Garcia, 25, of Salisbury, said he had stopped for snarled traffic in front of him. Also traveling southeast on Jake Alexander Boulevard, Garcia said he stopped in his lane for about 10 seconds.

A third driver, Michelle Nicole Walsh, 28, of Salisbury, stopped behind Garcia’s pickup for about three to five seconds before she was hit.

Police say the chain-reaction crash occurred when Stallings’ vehicle struck Walsh’s, which then ran into Garcia’s pickup.

Stallings was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed.

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