Teen Sentenced To Prison For Causing Fatal Distracted Driving Accident

July 16, 2013
A 17-year-old girl from Kansas City has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for causing a Missouri Distracted Driving Accident that claimed the life of a 72-year-old woman.

Reports indicate the crash happened in September of 2011 along a highway just north of Kansas City. Investigators determined the accused was sending and receiving text messages, along with listening to loud music, while driving. An oncoming vehicle being driven by the victim saw the oncoming car swerving across the median and pulled off to the side of the road; however, the teen failed to recognize her mistake, veered onto the far shoulder of the road, and struck the parked car.

The impact of the collision killed the elderly woman, resulting in the teen being charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter, third–degree assault, and violation of a texting and driving ban. The Kansas City Star explains she pled guilty in May 2012. After repeatedly violating parole requirements though, a judge issued the ruling for the prison term this past week.

The St. Louis Personal Injury Lawyers with Cofman Townsley Injury Lawyers recognize how devastating the loss of a loved one to an accident caused by a distracted driver can be. The firm is here to help you get the compensation you deserve if you have been injured as the result of another driver’s negligence.