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Investigators Believe Texting Contributed to Fatal Crash in Leicester

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Rochester: Investigators Believe Texting Contributed to Fatal Crash in Leicester
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The Livingston County Sheriff's Department believes a SUNY Geneseo student killed in a one car crash in Leicester early Tuesday morning may have been texting at the time of the crash.

The sheriff's department identified the victim as Mary Kavanaugh, 22, of Sanborn, Niagara County.

Investigators believe Kavanaugh may have been text messaging, which contributed to her drifting off the roadway and causing the vehicle to roll.

SUNY Geneseo officials notified the campus Tuesday of Kavanaugh's death through an e-mail from the dean of students.

Many of Mary’s friends and co-workers at The Statesmen bar, where the owner said Kavanaugh was an employee, were upset about the news. Some of them told YNN she was the type of person who would give you the shirt off her back.

Some students say they are still shocked about her death, especially with graduation weeks away.

"You hear things like this on the news and you don't really think twice about it sometimes but when it's someone from your community and from the school you go to it definitely hits home a little more," said Holly Judge, SUNY Geneseo student.

"I'm a senior too and we were all going to graduate in May, so it's really sad to hear that she died," said Kristelle Cadeno, SUNY Geneseo student.

The school said Kavanaugh was a 2006 graduate of Starpoint High School in Lockport and was a senior communications major at Geneseo.

Livingston County Sheriff's Department

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