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Woman using phone while driving who hit teens in crosswalk sentenced to jail

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Crash scene outside Centennial High School, January 2015 Crash scene outside Centennial High School, January 2015
Elizabeth Dove, in court Thursday Elizabeth Dove, in court Thursday
Elizabeth Dove, jail booking photo Elizabeth Dove, jail booking photo
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A woman who hit three teens in a crosswalk outside Centennial High School while she was using her cell phone to record video of her son in the back seat of the car was sentenced to five months in prison.

Elizabeth Dove, 24, pleaded guilty in August to reckless driving and three counts of third-degree assault. She was sentenced Thursday.

Dove was arrested in January after emergency crews responded to 182nd Avenue outside the Gresham school. Three female freshman students were hit by the car.

They all survived, but court documents stated their injuries ranged from a skull fracture and fractured pelvis to an ACL tear to concussions.

Dove remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. She was arrested in March.

A probable cause affidavit states Dove admitted to recording video while she was driving, but said it happened well before the crash.

Investigators reviewed her phone and found multiple text messages sent right up until the time the crash occurred, along with a video of her son sitting in the rear passenger seat that detectives determined ended 1.42 seconds before Dove hit the teens, the affidavit states.

For at least three seconds prior to the crash, court documents state Dove could be seen in the video with one hand holding the phone and her other hand making gestures toward her son.

"The victims would have been entering the roadway when the video was at the 15.06 mark, which is when defendant appears to have had no hands on the steering wheel," according to a probable cause affidavit.

The mother of one of the victims told Dove in court Thursday that her daughter will deal with physical injuries from the collision for the rest of her life, while their family has also experienced medical bills that are "almost unbearable." 

Dove offered an apology in court Thursday. 

"It's hard to put into words the remorse I have felt since Jan. 15," she said. "I'm so sorry for my actions. I cannot imagine the pain and trauma you've experienced because of my distracted driving." 

Dove was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail to be served in December, as well as four additional months of jail time to be served in the summer of 2016.

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