Driver in Texting Death Can't Have Phone in Car

It's part of plea deal struck for probation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2011 2:30 PM CDT
Driver in Texting Death Can't Have Phone in Car
In this photo taken Sept. 24, 2010, a sign over the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston alerts motorists to a new state law banning texting while driving.   (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

A modern punishment to fit a modern plague: A California woman who killed an 80-year-old pedestrian last year while she was driving and texting will no longer be able to have a cell phone in her car, reports the Glendale News Press. It's part of a plea deal struck with prosecutors on felony manslaughter charges. Instead of jail, the 21-year-old will be on probation for three years and have her license revoked for the same period. She also has to speak to students about what happened. (Read more driving while texting stories.)

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