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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Texting While Driving Results in Fatal Crash

California woman Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

A woman has been sentenced to six years in a California prison for killing another driver when she slammed into a line of stopped vehicles while text messaging on her cell phone in August, 2007.

A judge in Redding, California sentenced Deborah Matis-Engle for her role in the tragic accident.

According to investigators, Matis-Engle was speeding and text messaging when she crashed into the vehicles, which were stopped at a construction zone.

Shasta County prosecutor Stephanie Bridgett said that in the moments before the crash, the 49-year-old woman had used her cell phone to pay several bills. She was processing another transaction when she struck a vehicle that burst into flames, killing 46-year-old Petra Winn.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Stotter said he would appeal.

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