FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman accused of texting while driving before a fatal crash has pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide.

Nineteen-year-old Kayla Carry of Browerville entered her plea to the felony charge Tuesday in Otter Tail County. The plea avoids a jury trial.

The complaint says that 15 text messages were sent or received from Carry’s phone in the 40 minutes before the crash on Sept. 16, 2010.

Carry’s vehicle had crossed the center line and hit another car head-on. The other driver — 77-year-old Lucille Vogt of Parkers Prairie — was killed.

Assistant County Attorney Michelle Eldien says the plea agreement calls for Carry to serve a year in jail, pay a fine and be on probation for 10 years.

KBRF-AM reports sentencing is set for Oct. 10.

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Comments (7)
  1. sad but true says:

    1 year for inattentive driving which resulted in a death? That’s basically murder. I know she didn’t mean to cause a death, but should realize that her actions surely could cause a death. Insurance companys should make policy holders sign a waiver stating, if they cause an accident and it’s proven that they were texting, the insurance company isn’t liable for any damages.

    1. Hello! says:

      I think she should get a longer sentence as well and less probation. It doesn’t say she was drunk or under the influence of drugs, so why such a long probation? Just a waste of tax payers money to keep her on probation for so long.

  2. RetroDude says:

    A year ago last April, I was run down on my motorcycle in Center City by an uninsured driver. She was cited on the scene for inattentive driving and driving without insurance. The crash was 100% her fault. My left leg was broken in multiple places, my left knee was ripped open to the bone, my left collar bone was broken, a bone in my left hand was broken, and I was diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury (yes, I was wearing a helmet). I was in the hospital for 63 days, in a wheel chair for four months, and I am handicapped for life as a result of her carelessness.

    Each charge against her carried a maximum sentence of $1,000 fine AND 90 days in jail. When she went to court, judge John McBride fined her $100, expunged both charges from her driving record, and vacated my restitution claim.

    The bottom line – Minnesota loves criminals and very much dislikes victims. Justice in Minnesota is non-existant.

    1. Brian says:

      We can thank our state lawmakers for that. Many of those slime balls have been convicted of DWI, careless driving, and a laundry-list of other offenses. Think they’re gonna pass tougher legislation for criminals? Research before you vote, folks.

  3. Ruth says:

    It isn’t just MN that loves criminals – it’s the entire United States. If you’re illegal, come on in and be sure to hold your hand out for all the freebies available to you (and not to LEGAL citizens of this country); if you kill someone, you may or may not go to prison. We need harsher penalties for all offenses and judges who are willing to hand down those harsher penalties.

    The woman in this case should NEVER be allowed to have another cell phone with texting features; if she’s caught driving with one throw the book at her. She knew exactly what she was doing when she got behind the wheel of her car and KILLED someone while she was busy using her cell phone.

  4. TL the alligator says:

    …..this is an absurd ruling and sentence…..she should be serving minimum 6 years with good time and be ordered to pay full restitution upon paroling out…..this is NOT justice….this is an insult to society and the victim and the victims family…..that judge should be removed permanently.

  5. Uncle Rico says:

    it’s rulings like this that will force the next judge to sentence a text driving murderer to 35 years in prison, then everyone will be up in arms saying it’s too harsh. “C’mon she was 88 years old, probably wouldnt even have lived more than 7 more years…” This countries inconsistencies makes me sick. It’s exactly the reason why people take their chances and play with far, daily, no one knows the rules and the idiot judges make em up as we go.

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