Victim in Fatal Poway Crash Was Texting: Deputies

David Doiron of Lakeside died Wednesday after a crash on Espola Road

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    A pickup truck driver who died in a rollover crash Wednesday was texting at the time of the crash officials said.

    David Doiron, 43, from Lakeside was not wearing a seatbelt when his Ford F-150 pickup veered off Espola Road and slammed into a tree.

    He was pinned under the vehicle when deputies arrived.

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    A witness told deputies the Ford F150 veered into the center median and then back into the traffic lanes several times before the truck traveled off the road into the brush along Espola Road in Poway. NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports.

    Deputies identified Doiron Friday and updated the cause of the crash saying he was receiving or sending text messages at the time of the collision.

    Investigators say they have requested toxicology tests for drugs and/or alcohol.

    The California Highway Patrol said distracted driving is the cause of 80-percent of car crashes and collisions.

    Texting behind the wheel isn’t only a teenage practice.

    From October 2009 to September 2010, nearly 22,000 distracted driving collisions occurred in California with drivers over the age of 20, according to the CHP.

    Distracted driving can include texting, using a phone, eating, drinking, grooming, reading, using GPS, watching a video or adjusting a radio or MP3 player.

    In California, drivers caught texting or using a hand-held phone face a $159 fine the first time. Subsequent tickets will cost $279.