A Missouri teenager has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and texting-while-driving for killing another motorist. The teenager will face trial as an adult.
In Missouri, all drivers under 21 are prohibited from texting while driving. The offense carries a $200 fine. Second-degree involuntary manslaughter is punishable by up to four years in prison.
The teenage killed a 72-year-old woman and injured the woman’s 10-year old granddaughter last September.
A passenger in Gannon’s car told police that the teen lost control while texting and looking at her cell phone.
“Texting-while-driving is at least as dangerous as drinking and driving. We make a crime of that for anybody, no matter the age. It also ought to be a crime for anybody, regardless of how old you are, to text while driving," said Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd.
A recent study has shown that despite the known safety risks, teen drivers are now texting more than ever.
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