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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego Gas and Electric is reviewing its safety procedures in the wake of two recent deadly crashes involving employees driving company vehicles. But not all of them may be getting the message.

A CBS News 8 viewer recently caught an SDG&E worker on a cell phone while behind the wheel. They were taken Friday as CBS News 8 viewer Paula and her husband pulled up next to the driver at a red light.

"It was hard to believe after seeing that report on the news the night before that a person would do this without thinking twice about it," she said.

Last Wednesday in Shelltown, a 55-year-old utility pole inspector plowed into Ana Herera, her five-year-old daughter and her four-year-old friend. Herera died at the scene.

Police are trying to figure out if the driver was distracted by his phone or the blinding sun. They are considering asking the city attorney to file misdemeanor manslaughter charges.

That incident came after yet another deadly one involving an SDG&E driver. Hector Hoyt was arrested after he allegedly hit and killed a pedestrian on Jamacha Boulevard before taking off January 6. Following both crashes, the energy company went into "safety stand down" mode and began to immediately review training procedures.

A safety meeting held for SDG&E employees in Orange County back in 2010 focused on texting and driving.

Having now seen the new pictures, the company released a statement saying:

"All employees are expected to abide by California State Laws just like anyone else. We will be looking into this particular instance carefully."

It's exactly what Paula is hoping for, and the reason why she reached out to us in the first place.

"I was afraid something would not have been done about it… (SDG&E) would bury it under the rug, and I don't want that. I want something to be done, to prevent someone else from getting hurt or killed," she said.

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