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Kansas City teen served time for texting while driving

Posted on July 18th, 2012

A few weeks ago, a teen from Kansas City pleaded guilty to charges of texting while driving that caused a fatal crash. As a result, Rachel N. Gannon, 16, spent 48 hours in the Platte County Jail for “shock time,” and 72 hours on house arrest.

In September of 2011, Gannon was behind the wheel, texting, when she ran off the road, overcorrected and crashed into a car. The driver of the other car, Loretta J. Larimer, had seen Gannon swerving and pulled over to the side of the road. Larimer was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Paula and John Larimer, Loretta Larimer’s children, said they did not want to see Gannon to be sent to prison and agreed to the terms of the plea agreement. Gannon apologized to the Larimer family during the court proceeding stating that, “There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about Loretta.”

In addition to Gannon’s “shock time” and house arrest, she will also be on probation for five years, serve 300 hours of public service or employment and lose her license until she graduates from high school.

Although Gannon received punishment for her actions, it is small in comparison to what others are facing for texting while driving accidents. Recently, a Massachusetts teen was sentenced to a year in prison for vehicular homicide and lost his license for 15 years. Click here to read about Aaron Deveau’s landmark case.

Laws are getting stricter on texting while driving and it’s a reminder to practice safe habits while behind the wheel. To see what could happen to you if you are driving distracted, watch our video here.

If you have had a Kansas car wreck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recover. Call us today at 316-269-1414. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.

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