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.