Dr. Frank Ryan Was Texting While Driving Before Fatal Crash

August 18, 2010 By:
Dr. Frank Ryan Was Texting While Driving Before Fatal Crash

We get warned about it all the time and yet people still don't take texting and driving seriously. According to new reports, plastic surgeon to the stars, Dr. Frank Ryan, was texting while driving before his fatal crash this week.

Ryan was sending a Twitter message about his border collie just before his fatal car accident, his ex-girlfriend tells People magazine.

"He lived up in Malibu on a tiny street and he was texting while driving and he accidentally went over the cliff," Charmaine Blake says.

Blake, a celebrity publicist, says Ryan's family was told by investigators that the Tweeting caused the wreck on Monday.

Right before the crash Ryan tweeted, "After 25 years of driving by, I finally hiked to the top of the giant sand dune on the pch west of Malibu. Much harder than it looks! Whew!"

Ryan's last Tweet before he died, "Border collie jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune." Ryan posted the picture below with his Tweet.

The California Highway Patrol confirms Ryan was texting before the crash. "It is one of the elements that we are investigating," CHP Officer Steven Reid says.

Ryan didn't survive the crash, but his dog, border collie is said to be "Ok." Celebrities, fans and family members are all mourning the death of Dr. Frank Ryan, and hopefully a few of us can learn from his mistake and leave the texting and tweeting til after we get out of the car.