COHOCTON — New York State Police Thursday said “distracted driving” contributed to a one-vehicle crash that killed a Steuben County woman Tuesday night in Cohocton, but not from using a cell phone.
Emilee Rawleigh, 21, of Atlanta, N.Y., was killed when the vehicle she was a passenger in drove off county Road 36 near Sawdust Road, striking an earthen embankment at approximately 10:31 p.m., Tuesday, troopers said.
Rawleigh was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken to Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville where she was pronounced dead.
Troopers said a 17-year-old Wayland female was driving when the accident occurred. The driver was distracted, a State Police official said, but troopers have ruled out cell phone use or any “electronic device” as a factor in the accident.
There was also no drugs or alcohol involvement and no charges are anticipated, authorities said.