Wisconsin Woman Convicted Of Homicide By Negligent Driving

Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 7:25 am

A jury has convicted a Wisconsin woman of homicide by negligent driving for writing a text message before a fatal crash.

Twenty-one-year-old Stephanie Kanoff, of Sun Prairie, was convicted Friday. Kanoff had slammed into a University of Wisconsin-Madison student as he stood behind his broken-down car in 2010. Kanoff said that she was driving behind a car that had blocked her view of the man.

The most important part of the case was deciding whether Kanoff was writing a text message at the time of the accident. Prosecutors argued that had Kanoff not been distracted, she would have seen and avoided the victim. The defense accused prosecutors and police of “a rush to judgment.”

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Kanoff will be sentenced in about two months.

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