howe1 Charges in Distracted Driving Crash that Killed Child

Jessica Howe was reaching for cell phone when she slammed into another car, killing 14-month old passenger.

She admitted she was reaching for her cell phone when she slammed into the back of a another car, killing a small child, and now she’s been charged. 28-year old Jessica Lyn Howe of Minneapolis is charged with criminal vehicular homicide for the March 18th crash, which occurred at Central and 50th Avenue Northeast in Columbia Heights. Lieutenant Paul Sommer of the Anoka County Sheriffs Department says Howe had dropped her cell phone, and reached to pick it up when she hit the other car.

Killed in the crash was 14-month old Grayson Jett. Investigators determined Howe was doing about 55-miles per hour when she hit the other car. The speed limit at that intersection is 40 miles per hour.

Comments (2)
  1. Keith says:

    Another SAD moment in life that we have to suck up and take because of the stupidness of another and let me be the first to let you know Ms. Howe that people like you on the road is like putting a loaded gun at a intersection and having it go off and shoot a bullet every so often during the day at the cars that go thru it. You will never get what you deserve

  2. Drive it or park it says:

    Ms Howe gets 4 years , 48 months, for killing a 14 month old child. Imagine how much Grayson Jett’s parents would have enjoyed even another 34 months with their child (34 months the difference between the sentence and their child’s life,), not to mention years of seeing him grow into adulthood. But Ms Howe’s irresponsible actions will not allow them to experience this. Ms Howe had her cell phone and didn’t have the good sense to know, or didn’t care, that driving is a full time responsibility. Her self centeredness, her “it’s all about me,” killed a person. A young child. It’s not only SAD. It’s totally stupid. I’m so sorry that after 48 months, or maybe less, I have to worry that Ms Howe is again on the streets, driving and reaching for her cell phone. Jessica, I hope you think about this every day the rest of you life. You’ve earned it.

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