Woman receives 6 years for fatal texting crash

Woman receives 6 years for fatal texting crash
With many states prohibiting the use of cell phones while driving, it still seems not enough to make some people think about their actions. Adopting laws that ban the use of mobile phones while driving has been spreading around the country. Some may drive that fine line and risk getting caught in the act. But a California woman was recently sentenced to six years in prison for causing a major accident involving multiple vehicles that killed a woman. Deborah Matis-Engle, the woman responsible for the crash, was speeding and texting on her phone through a construction zone in August 2007. Prosecutors have stated that she was on her phone paying off several bills moments before the crash. The vehicle that she crashed into burst into flames, killing 46-year-old Petra Winn. There have been a string of accidents that have been the result of phone use. Certain states impose large fines to motorists caught in the act which tries to discourage the use while operating a vehicle. It still might not be enough for some who can’t resist the temptation.

via MSNBC

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12 Comments

1. Jango_Fred

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

Get what you deserve.

2. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Nobody should be texting while they're driving anyway!

3. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yeah! Txting while driving FTW!

4. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

She was probably paying her bills with the new Blackberry Storm. Just kidding

5. Mr Coolguy Face

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 20, 2009

You mean to tell me that Im not the only one that thinks this guy should be kicked from this forum? Ha ha...

6. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

He's kind of like a mosquito, annoying, but generally harmless. Just a buzz in the air. I'll try to ignore him.

7. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

you do that

8. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

6 years for killing someone?!?! Wow someone got away with murder....

9. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Vehicular manslaughter and murder are a little different but I see where you're coming from. Donte' Stallworth could get up to 15 years and he was drunk as hell when he hit a padestrian. Reading this does makes me think I should stop texting while driving with my knees. I just need voice to text like some of the old Samsungs had.

10. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Women...Texting while driving... yikes... ...yiiiikes......

11. attsucks

Posts: 139; Member since: Mar 24, 2009

Its not that hard to text and drive.

12. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

maybe it was harder in 2007...

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