Mo. Teen Sentenced to 3.5 years for Fatal Crash

5 years 9 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, July 03 2013 Jul 3, 2013 Wednesday, July 03, 2013 11:05:00 AM CDT July 03, 2013 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City teenager has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for causing a fatal accident while texting.

The Kansas City Star reports Rachel N. Gannon pleaded guilty in May 2012 when she was 17 to second-degree involuntary manslaughter, third-degree assault and violating the Missouri law that prohibits motorists 21 or younger from texting while driving.

The accident killed 72-year-old Loretta Larimer of Camden Point. Gannon told police she was looking at her phone when she lost control of her vehicle.

A judge initially placed Gannon on five years' probation and ordered her to serve 48 hours of "shock time" in jail, find a job, serve 72 days of house arrest and perform 300 hours of community service. Authorities say she has violated that parole.

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