Plastic Surgeon Was Texting Before Fatal Crash

08/17/2010 at 08:15 PM EDT

Plastic Surgeon Was Texting Before Fatal Crash
Charmaine Blake and Dr. Frank Ryan
Frederick M. Brown/Getty
Dr. Frank Ryan, plastic surgeon to Heidi Montag and other celebrities, was sending Twitter messages about his border collie before his fatal car accident.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating whether Ryan was texting at the time he crashed Monday and it has not yet concluded that that's what caused the accident.

"It is one of the elements that we are investigating," CHP Officer Steven Reid says. "We are looking into that and other things."

A close friend of Ryan's says Ryan sent two Twitter messages Monday afternoon with photos taken on the beach, but she expects the CHP will conclude Ryan was not texting when the car went off the cliff.

"He would actually pull over to make phone calls," says Lawonna Rashad.

See what other readers have to say about this story – or leave a comment of your own

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters