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Family livid that texting driver gets $500 fine for car accident

Family members of a motorcyclist who was killed by a driver accused of texting behind the wheel are outraged that the young driver was given a lenient plea deal. That driver, a 21-year-old woman, admitted to negligent driving in connection with the March 2013 car accident. Authorities say that driver will not spend any time behind bars after allegedly killing a 30-year-old father.

Official reports show that the woman drove into the path of the motorcyclist as she was crossing Route 3 in Gambrills, Maryland. The victim, a Navy veteran, died when he struck the side of the victim's vehicle as she drove across the road. Prosecutors had initially contended that the woman was texting behind the wheel. However, the teenage witness who said he saw the woman texting apparently confused her with an older driver. As a result, negligent homicide charges against that young woman were dropped.

However, authorities say that witnesses and other information about the woman's texting behavior proved to be unreliable, which is why the charges were downgraded. The woman pleaded guilty to negligent driving. She will pay a $500 fine. The driver said she never saw the oncoming motorcycle, which had the right of way when the collision occurred.

Official reports show that the defendant will still be spending some time in court in the near future, however; family members of the victim say they intend to pursue a civil suit against that woman. Those relatives say they want to make sure the man's daughter receives the financial support she deserves, since her father is no longer around to provide for her. News reports have not indicated how much the family will be seeking in the civil case.

Source: WTTG Fox 5, "Family of Md. motorcyclist killed in crash upset over charged driver's plea deal" Bob Barnard, May. 14, 2014

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