Minn. Woman Sentenced In Fatal Texting Crash

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Browerville woman has been sentenced for a fatal texting-while-driving crash.

Nineteen-year-old Kayla Carry was sentenced Monday to serve one year in Otter Tail County Jail. Carry must serve at least two months in jail and may serve the rest on electronic home monitoring.

Carry also was fined $1,000 and placed on 10 years probation.

KBRF-AM reports Carry entered an Alford plea in August to criminal vehicular homicide. An Alford plea does not admit guilt but acknowledges there is enough evidence to convict her.

The complaint says 15 text messages were sent or received from Carry’s phone in the 40 minutes before she crossed the center line and crashed head-on into another car on Sept. 16, 2010. The other driver — 77-year-old Lucille Vogt of Parkers Prairie — was killed.

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  • justsayiin

    i think its kinda of pathetic that she gets 1 year in jail for causing a fatal crash while texting, yet people drive drunk and cause fatal crashes and they can just be slapped with a few years probabtion and fines, but no jail time.
    yes i believe she should have been punished, dont get me wrong, but i just think its sad that she gets all of that and people with DWI’s barely get anything.

    • anti bachmann

      ya go get a dwi and see if you get nothing

      • Jake

        No, she didn’t get a YEAR in jail, she got two months, the rest of the time she can stay at home, play video games, eat and drink whatever she can get her hands on, text, play on the internet, watch tv, have friends over, etc. The penalty was a JOKE for taking a life, even if she didn’t mean to. If she had had ANY alcohol or dope in her system, she would be looking at 2 years minimum, if not more. She exercised poor judgement even though she wasn’t impaired. Sends a terrible message to anybody else like her.

        • em1022

          Thank you for fully reading the article…unlike some people. I think she got off way too easy!! She killed someone because of her immature negligence.

  • just sayin

    Wow. So you can txt/drive and kill someone and get 1 year, but if you shoot and kill someone 15 years… huh. Interesting.

    • dabrilloman

      There is a difference between the twos cenarios you used. You shoot and kill someone there is intent, text-drive and kill someone no intent. Stupidit yes, but no intent. They should be punished of course, but not to the extent of purposely murdering somebody.

  • quentin

    She should lose her thumbs.

  • Jeff

    What a joke. If you text and drive, you are an idiot and should lose your license to drive for several years.

  • Mr. Rogers

    Got to love Minnesota’s liberal laws. Remember kids the lesson of the day is if you want to murder someone do it while you are texting and driving and you will receive a far less sentence versus doing the murder in person not in a car.

    • Jake

      Blame our “No Fault”, which I call ‘yo fault’ insurance laws. They excuse just about EVERYTHING, unless you are drunk or going over 100 mph. I say ‘yo fault’ because if you are in the wrong place at the right time, YOU will get seriously injured or killed, and the perp gets off pretty much SCOT FREE, even if THEY DON’T HAVE INSURANCE.

    • Mike

      Liberal laws? Did you just wake up from a coma? Who is the majority in the Minnesota House and Senate? That’s right door knob, Republicans. They would fix those liberal laws, but their too busy working on gay marriage or some other inane social issue………

  • What the????

    This is so sad. Just how is it that the value of a human life lessens simply because one was “texting” while driving as opposed to driving under the influence?? I’ve actually seen longer prison sentences for growing marijuana (for having 10 plants or less, one can be sentenced anywhere from 3-5 years, and fined $25,000).
    Penalties such as this are simply absurd.

    • markH

      The sad thing is there shouldn’t be any penalties for growing or using marijuana. Drugs like marijuana are demonstrably FAR less dangerous than alcohol (and I’m willing to bet less dangerous than texting or talking while driving) and yet enormous resources are devoted every year to try, convict, and incarcerate people for doing something that hurts and harms absolutely no one. The sentence in this case proves conclusively that Minnesota lawmakers tolerate killing innocent people with vehicles as long as it wasn’t expressly intended as an outcome of the practice. While I’d like to blame only Minnesota lawmakers, they are no less ignorant than those of others states. Peace.

      • em1022

        I beg to differ….marijuana is just as mind altering as alcohol…it’s a drug. Not all marijuana is grown the same and it affects everyone differently. When in the car the only thing you should be concerned with is driving!!!! That’s why in Germany there are no cup holders because they don’t believe in doing anything else but concentrating on driving and being alert.

  • Becky

    It says that she had 15 texts in the 40 minutes prior to the accident, well my kids could do that in 2 minutes. She could have been reaching for a CD or a pop. We ALL have been inattentive while driving, but we have been lucky that when we have crossed the center line that no one was coming at us. Think about if this was your teen, what would you want done to them? Don’t get me wrong, texting and driving is not OK! Kayla has to live the rest of her life with the physical and mental scars of accidently killing this wonderful woman. Judge not, least you be judged!

  • Rudolph

    Yup, if you want to off somebody, kill ’em with your car. The absolute most time you will get in jail is 4 years. Oh sure, you may have to get your car washed but it’s a small price to pay to get rid of somebody you don’t like.

    Texting while driving, and killing someone because of your inattentive driving, is no different than taking out a gun, pointing it at someone, and pulling the trigger. What did you think would happen, rainbow farts and sweet music?

    What if the person she killed was someone you loved – would you think her punishment was sufficient for what she did? I doubt it.

  • PS

    Many folks do it and nothing happens. On the night of the death, she did it too. A horrible mistake, one that will change her life forever and the life of the family of the departed. You can not take it back and it does not go away. The pain will be a lifetime of pain for both families. She was careless, not a murderer. We all make bad choices from time to time, and our children can easily be influenced into bad choices as well. Driving a car is a huge responsibility, parents need to get off their phones while driving. Be a positive role model and pull over to make a call or check your text. Another good idea is to shut off texting for the first three years of driving. This sends a very clear message that the two do not go well together. Take care of your family!!

    • em1022

      Very well said….I agree with you completely. There is something you can use on smartphones called “Drive Safe” you enable it before driving and it stops all calls and texts from coming in and will give the person trying to contact you a message that the person is busy or driving; then it’s out of sight out of mind.

      • em1022

        It’s actually called “Drive Smart” sorry about that mistake!!

  • Harping up North

    She should be required to NOT have a cell phone for all the years she’s on probation.
    People are so addicted and reliant on gadgetry that it’s taking their attention away from what matters. Driving, talking to people face to face, or their children.
    People don’t visit like they used to. Kids are strapped into car seats and Mom and/or Dad, is yacking on their cell phones.
    Pay attention!

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