Woman Sentenced to 21 Months For Fatal Collision While Texting

February 2, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – A woman who caused a fatal car crash while text messaging has been sentences to 21 months in jail.

Philippa Curtis was driving 70 mph as she busily texted on her phone, and rammed into a car that was parked to the side of the road, where Victoria McBryde had suffered from a flat tire. The collision caused a fatal brain injury, and McBryde was pronounced dead at the scene. Curtis suffered a mild arm injury.

“I can’t really describe in words how bad I actually feel, “ Curtis said tearfully at her sentencing. “I just feel awful that I was involved and I can’t really imagine how the family must feel.”

In addition to the fatality, Curtis also caused a great deal of property damage when she hit several more cars. No other casualties were named.

Curtis admitted that the collision was her fault, but denied texting at the time of the crash, although police were able to prove that several messages were received moments before.


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