Missouri teen charged with texting before fatal crash - KMOV.com

Missouri teen charged with texting before fatal crash

PLATTE CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City teenager has been charged involuntary manslaughter and texting while driving for a crash that killed another motorist.


The Platte County prosecutor announced the charges Thursday against 16-year-old Rachel Gannon, who faces trial as an adult.


Missouri outlaws texting while driving for people under 21. The charge carries a $200 fine. Second-degree involuntary manslaughter is punishable by up to four years in prison.


Gannon is accused in last September's death of 72-year-old Loretta Larimer, a Camden Point resident whose car was hit on a Platte County street by a car driven by Gannon.


A passenger in Gannon's car told police the teen lost control while texting and looking at her cell phone.


Defense lawyer Brian Gaddy told KSHB-TV that Gannon is a "good kid" but said he could not comment further.

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