Sheriff: Wisconsin teen killed by apparent distracted driver was wearing seat belt

Kyra Hayes

The St. Croix Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a Wisconsin teen was wearing her seat belt when she was killed by an apparent distracted driver.

Authorities originally said Kyra Hayes was not wearing a seat belt at the time of crash, but now say black box and autopsy evidence indicated her seat belt was buckled.

The crash was reported at 3:21 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 in the town of Troy, Wisconsin. According to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, 16-year-old Kyra Faith Hayes of Beldenville, Wis. was driving north on Highway 35 when a Ford Taurus driven by 21-year-old Makellia Jensen of Big Lake, Minnesota drifted into Hayes’ lane. According to a witness, Jensen had both hands on the phone, seconds before the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office and the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hayes had a to-do list of things she wanted to do before her 18th birthday.

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