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Ranger: Dropped Cell Phone To Blame For NC Wreck

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An Asheville teenager is in critical condition following a wreck on the Blue Ridge Parkway that investigators blame on a dropped cell phone. An Asheville teenager is in critical condition following a wreck on the Blue Ridge Parkway that investigators blame on a dropped cell phone.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -

An Asheville teenager is in critical condition following a wreck on the Blue Ridge Parkway that investigators blame on a dropped cell phone.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports 19-year-old Michael Smith was in critical condition Wednesday at Mission Hospital.

Parkway supervisory ranger Don Coleman said Smith was a passenger in a vehicle that plunged about 150 feet down a steep slope on the parkway near Pisgah Inn, southwest of Asheville. The accident happened Monday night.

The driver, 18-year-old Joshua Owenby, was treated for minor injuries.

Coleman said Owenby dropped his cell phone on the floor board, reached down to retrieve it and lost control of the car. He said both people were ejected from the car and neither was wearing a seatbelt.

Coleman said the accident is still under investigation.

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