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Distracted driver avoids jail sentence in Wisconsin fatal crash

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The distracted driver who fatally struck an elderly woman last year will not go to jail as long as he follows through with the sentence handed to him, Crookston Times stated on May 8.

Instead of a jail sentence, Judge John Damon ordered 41-year-old Timothy Peterson to undergo 200 hours of community service, with 100 of the hours consisting of talking to teen drivers about the dangers of texting while driving. The sentence was given after Peterson pleaded no contest to homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.

Peterson’s negligence resulted in the death of Cecelia Killian, 86, last January 9, 2013. Peterson, who was allegedly sending a text message while driving his vehicle, crashed into Killian while she was crossing the street in Independence. As part of his sentence, Peterson was also ordered to pay over $10k in restitution to Killian’s family and to maintain her grave.

Victims of fatal accidents caused by reckless individuals often leave their families with not only emotional struggles, but financial ones as well. If someone’s negligence has left you or a loved one struggling, our team of attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. may be able to help you receive financial compensation. Contact us at 800-242-2874.