Teen faces manslaughter charge for texting while driving
Many students point out teen drivers as more at risk of being involved in a car crash due to texting while driving. Unfortunately in this case, statistics seem to be right.
This week, an 18 year-old student at Sonoma State University has been charged with misdemeanor vehicle manslaughter for allegedly running over a 2 year old girl and her mother at a crosswalk. According to reports, the young woman was driving over the speed limit and she was also texting while driving. While the mother suffered critical injuries and spent weeks in a rehabilitation facility, her daughter did not survive.
For Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch, this sad story shows to all drivers the dangers of texting while driving
“This is a tragic case,” she said. “[This family] will forever mourn the loss of their young daughter. Without regard to the facts or outcome of this case, it bears repeating that driving while texting is a dangerous and real threat to every member of our community. Drivers, passengers and bystanders are all at risk,” she added.
The young lady has been issued a citation to appear in Sonoma County Superior Court and has not been arrested. If found guilty, she will face up to a year in county jail.
Source: KTVU, May 16, 2011