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Woman Faces Negligent Homicide Charge In Fatal Texting And Driving Crash

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  Criminal charges have been filed in another deadly case of texting and driving. Twenty year old Abby Sletten of Hatton faces a charge of “Negligent Homicide” in connection with the traffic death of Phyllis Gordon of Ada, last May.

  Authorities say Sletten is currently making arrangements to turn herself into authorities.
 
  Phyllis Gordon was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her granddaughter on I-29 near Hillsboro. The granddaughter apparently slowed down to cross the median and go the other direction on the highway. But, before she could do that, she was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Abby Sletten, who was traveling at 85-miles per hour.

  Court documents claim that Sletten was texting and looking at facebook photos on her phone, when the accident happened. She apparently, never even hit the brakes, before Phyllis Gordon was killed.

Sheriff Mike Crocker, Traill County: “We do get behind vehicles and all of a sudden their weaving on the road. We do initiate a traffic stop and try to find out what's going on. Texting and driving to me… is becoming a very serious problem”

  The North Dakota texting and driving law, enacted in 2011, prohibits all drivers from using a their phones to read, write and send  electronic messages, including email.

  It carries a $100 fine. Sheriff Crocker says we need a tougher law.

Sheriff Mike Crocker: “We gotta have a reason for them to not text and drive.”

  In this tragic case, one woman is dead and 20-year old Abbey Sletten faces a felony charge of Negligent Homicide. It carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison.

  We also reached out for comment from Traill County prosecutor, Stuart Larson, who filed the criminal charge in this case. He has not gotten back to us.

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