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Albuquerque, New Mexico — September 10, 2011

Police are blaming distracted driving for an accident with injury on Central Avenue in Albuquerque on Monday.

According to the Albuquerque Police Department, 16-year-old Emily Cicchetti was operating a black Ford Ranger pickup truck west on Central Avenue, between Girard Boulevard and Carlisle Boulevard, when she momentarily took her eyes off the road. Ms. Cicchetti looked up too late to avoid a rear-end collision with a black Dodge Charger sedan, operated by 20-year-old Horacio Ortiz.

The force of the impact pushed the Charger into a red Chevrolet pickup truck, driven by 49-year-old Albuquerque resident Mark Witner. Officers at the scene ticketed Mr. Winter for driving on a suspended license.

Paramedics transported Mr. Ortiz and his passenger, 26-year-old Alfredo Aragonez, to Presbyterian Hospital for symptoms of whiplash.

Ms. Ciccetti was ticketed for following too closely. The New Mexico Department of Public Safety reports that pickup trucks were involved in 17,365 traffic accidents in 2008.

If you would like an official copy of the police report, request a copy with this form, or call 1-505-247-9333.

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