Warrant issued for cell phone data related to vehicle collision in Abilene that killed two sisters

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Abilene Police Department (APD) has issued a search warrant for the cell phone and account data used by the driver of a vehicle involved in a collision that killed two young sisters, according to court documents. 

APD responded to the scene of a major vehicle collision along Interstate 20 on March 2, 2018 that killed two sisters, Melissa Grace Lindley, 14, and Starla Lindley, 11.

Eyewitnesses on the scene stated that the Dodge Caravan the Lindley sisters and their mother were travelling in was struck from behind by a 2004 Dodge 2500 pickup truck that appeared to not slow down in ample time before the collision.

APD issued a search warrant for the vehicles involved in the collision on March 12 to obtain data from the airbag control modules.

The driver of the pickup was an 18-year-old woman, who was transported from the scene to Hendrick Medical Center, and then questioned by APD about the location of her cell phone. The woman, as well as her father, were not able to recall the location of the cell phone after the crash had occurred, according to the documents. 

APD issued a search warrant for both the phone and cellular data of the woman in question in order to gather evidence that could suggest she was driving while distracted, and failed to control her speed in the moments leading up to the collision, according to the documents. 

Officers received the data from AT&T on April 11, and are currently analyzing it. 

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