Brooklyn teen facing 4 years in jail for texting while driving

A 19 year-old girl from Brooklyn, who was involved in a car accident because she was allegedly texting while driving, is now being charged of negligent homicide and may face up to 4 years in jail because of her driving distraction. 

According to the police report, the teen driver, who was driving a Toyota Camry, hit 53 year-old man on his scooter at the corner of 17th St. and Ave. P.  The young lady said to police investigators that she did not see the man who was stopped at the red light.

It was later discovered that she had received a text message at 11:15pm and police found a half-written outgoing text message sent at 11:17pm in her phone.  Witnesses say she was still texting when the cops arrived at the scene of the accident.

Jeffrey Schwarz, who represents the young girl who was freed on a 5,000$ bail, was optimistic about the outcome of the trial.

“[It was] a tragic turn of events. We’re hoping to resolve this case in a way that doesn’t destroy her future,” he said.

For the deceased man’s son, the tragedy left his family without a source of income.

“It feels like a nightmare, but my family has to face the facts that it’s a reality,” he said.  “I hope her life will be miserable. My life is miserable. If she gets jail for life, it doesn’t bring my dad back.”

In New York, motorists are banned from e-mailing and texting while driving.  Drivers at fault can face a fine up to $100, but the law is only secondary offense.

Source: The Daily Mail, December 14, 2010

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