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    Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    An Iowa teen faces motor vehicle homicide charges in the crash that killed two preschoolers.

    Authorities say an 18-year-old driver from Essex was texting on a cellphone and driving 19 mph over the speed limit when she passed in a no-passing zone and crashed head-on into another car.

    Two preschool-aged boys in the other car – brothers Maliki Todd, 5, and Alex Todd, 4 – were killed in the crash last November.

    Now the teen driver, Karli Brown, has been accused in their deaths and the serious injury of the boys’ mother, Nina McNeese of Imogene.

    “We’re alleging some pretty serious stuff: a culmination of speeding, texting and passing in a no-passing zone,” said Montgomery County Attorney Bruce Swanson.

    Authorities arrested Brown on Tuesday. She is charged with two counts of motor vehicle homicide and one count of causing serious injury by motor vehicle in the crash that occurred south of Red Oak.

    She posted bail and was released. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in jail and $27,500 in fines, Swanson said.
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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    I find it weird they dont mention how they know they were texting?


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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Well thank God she wasn't drinking...


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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Damn. It's a tragedy for everyone. This story needs to be told in every high school and in every drivers ed course.


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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Quote Originally Posted by AngryPanda View Post
    I find it weird they dont mention how they know they were texting?
    They look to see if any text messages sent coincides with the time of the crash.




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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Quote Originally Posted by RING4CY View Post
    They look to see if any text messages sent coincides with the time of the crash.
    How can that hold up in court? They can't pinpoint the time of death or the text down to the second. I mean a text sent at 12:15pm could have been sent anytime in the 60 seconds between 12:15 and 12:16, right?



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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Quote Originally Posted by RING4CY View Post
    They look to see if any text messages sent coincides with the time of the crash.
    Or maybe they found a phone with a half written text message right next to her.

    They probably do not even need the texting part, speeding and passing in a no passing zone could be enough.



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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Quote Originally Posted by heitclone View Post
    How can that hold up in court? They can't pinpoint the time of death or the text down to the second. I mean a text sent at 12:15pm could have been sent anytime in the 60 seconds between 12:15 and 12:16, right?
    Because the new state law says it can...



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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    Because the new state law says it can...
    I'm aware but I wonder if thats really stood up in court, the texting is really irrelevant in this situation though. The accident occured in a no passing zone, thats the cause of the accident but the "texting can kill" issue will probably be the bigger headline here.



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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    I could be wrong, but I thought the texting law for 18 and over didn't go into full effect until July and warnings have been issued to violators for the past 8-10 months.



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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Quote Originally Posted by VeloClone View Post
    Well thank God she wasn't drinking...
    Edited at the advice of LindenCy, Guys, serious accident here where people were killed. Discuss the topic and don't bring the other thread pettiness into this.


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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Quote Originally Posted by swarthmoreCY View Post
    Did you realize two kids were killed?
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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Quote Originally Posted by swarthmoreCY View Post
    Something just go over your head?

    Velo's lack of logic in one thread required him to make a joke in a thread about two kids being killed from the same stupidity? Not only does it make his previous contention even weaker, but him pathetic.
    Not a joke but a comment on the irony of this coming up when the other thread is raging about drunking driving and texting impaired driving. If you can't see how these two threads are related, you are dumber than I thought.

    I think it is tragic that kids had to die because someone was too stupid to put the cell phone down. I don't see this as any different than being impaired by being drunk.

    In the last two years I have had several close calls on the road. Almost every time when I can see into the other party's vehicle they are busy texting, reading or on the phone. It is a bigger hazard than drunk driving because it is happening more regularly.

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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Quote Originally Posted by wxman1 View Post
    Because the new state law says it can...
    not until this july though. its just a warning until that point



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    Re: Essex Teen Charged with Motor Vehicle Homicide

    Quote Originally Posted by hawkeyeh8r View Post
    not until this july though. its just a warning until that point
    Okay, my mistake.



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