FATAL ACCIDENT SENTENCE Man Who Was Texting And Driving Sentenced In Fatal Accident
Reported by: Tiersa Davis
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 28, 2012 4:01 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 28, 2012 4:21 PM EST
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, Jackson County
An Ohio man has been sentenced to prison after killing a girl in an accident while texting and driving.
Christopher Haines, 31, was sentenced to five years in prison on Wednesday in Jackson County Common Pleas Court, a news release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. In December 2010, prosecutors said Haines was checking a text message while on state Route 93 in Jackson County, Ohio. Prosecutors said his vehicle rear-ended a car, causing it to be hit by oncoming traffic. As a result, Angel McGinnis, 10, of Ironton, Ohio, died and her mother and brother were injured.
Haines pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and three counts of aggravated vehicular assault. Haines' license will be suspended for three years after his release from prison.
Attorney General DeWine wanted this case to be a reminder to other drivers about the consequences of texting and driving.
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