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Officials: Driver who caused deadly crash in Town of Eagle was on his cellphone

WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Charges have been filed against a 26-year-old Waukesha man after investigators say his distracted driving caused a fatal crash in the Town of Eagle.

It happened near East Main Street and Elkhorn Road on Wednesday, Nov. 6. 

According to a criminal complaint, Jacob Anderson was driving a white Ford F-250 when he crossed the center line just north of E. Main St. and struck a Subaru Outback traveling southbound. 

The driver of the Subaru, identified as 39-year-old Erin Schroeder, was extricated from the vehicle and pronounced dead. 

Investigators interviewed a witness, who stated she was driving in front of the Subaru, and had to swerve to avoid being struck by the oncoming truck crossing the center line. The witness told officials Anderson was on his cellphone, "as if he was texting or looking at the video or the screen for some reason." Moments later, the witness heard a loud crash and saw the truck and Subaru crashed head-on. 

Anderson was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries. He faces one count of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. 

Anderson is expected in court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 20. 

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