18-year-old faces 5 years in prison for texting while driving

An 18-year-old teen from Knox County, Ohio involved in a car crash last July may be incarcerated for up to 5 years and get up to $15,000 in fines because she is suspected of texting while driving.

On August 4, it is believed that the young girl was texting while driving when she crashed into another car along state Route 13.  Her 23-year-old passenger, a veteran of the United States Air Force, was killed in the crash, while the person in the other vehicle suffered serious leg injuries.  She now faces charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault.

For the young man’s mother, the crash should have been avoided.

“It took my son’s life and it was a needless death,” she said.  “I can’t imagine him not saying something about her texting.  Perhaps we’ll never know the answer to that one.”

There is no statewide law regarding texting while driving in Ohio.  In March, the House approved a bill to outlaw text messaging while driving in a 86-12 vote.  The bill is now waiting for Senate approval.

Source: 10 TV News, November 5, 2010

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