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updated 3:53 PM UTC, Sep 1, 2015

Driver Given a Diversion Agreement

  • Written by Bob Gabrielson
  • Published in News

(5/7/14) A driver in western Wisconsin might not spend any time behind bars for illegally texting just before his vehicle killed an elderly pedestrian.

  41-year-old Timothy Peterson, who now lives in Red Wing Minnesota, was given a diversion agreement by a Trempealeau County judge.  If he meets certain conditions, he will not have to spend time behind bars after he pleaded no contest to a felony count of negligent homicide.  Investigators found that Peterson was texting on his cellphone just two minutes before his vehicle struck-and-killed 86-year-old Cecelia Killian in January of last year.  She was crossing a street in Independence, where Peterson was living at the time.  Circuit Judge John Damon imposed a five-year diversion agreement in which he must perform 200 hours of community service.  He must spend half that time talking to teens about the dangers of texting and driving -- which in-and-of itself is against state law.  Killian's family said the diversion agreement was okay with them.  They said a prison sentence would only hurt another family.

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