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Former Cheerleader Killed By Driver Using A Breathalyser Device, Police Say

"She touched so many lives in just her short 18 years"

Former Texas cheerleader Alexis Butler tragically lost her life on Friday after a horror car crash on November 10. Police say Alexis was backing out of her friend’s driveway in Arlington when a pickup truck hit the passenger side of the car. She was rushed to hospital, but did not survive.  

“She was larger than life — everyone loved Lexxy. Her laugh, her smile, her bubbly personality,” her family said in a statement, PEOPLE reports. “She touched so many people’s lives in just her short 18 years, more than most will touch in a lifetime.”

The teenager’s death has raised a number of questions for authorities, who believe the other driver involved was using a court-ordered breathalysing device at the time of the crash.

As The Sun reports, the unnamed 31-year-old driver allegedly took his eyes off the road for a few seconds while he breathed into a court-ordered ignition device.

The ignition device requires drivers to test their breath alcohol level before a vehicle can start.  It is not known why the driver—who was reportedly not impaired at the time—used the device while the truck was moving.

“No. 1 thing we’ll look at is tracking down the original court order to read exactly what it said,” Lt. Chris Cook of the Arlington, Texas, Police Department said, according to KXAS.

“And more importantly for us, as a police department, is to determine what the manufacturer recommendation is as far as the guidelines in how to operate this type of equipment.”

Lt. Cook added: “It’s very concerning to us, as a police department, that an individual may be operating some type of ignition equipment while they’re in a moving vehicle”.

The investigation continues.

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