So Cal Woman sentenced to prison for texting and driving death

Sep 4, 2015 11:24 PM by Debbie Cobb

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A driver who was texting and talking on her cellphone before a deadly freeway crash in Orange County has been sentenced to six years in prison.

City News Service says 32-year-old Jorene Nicolas tearfully apologized to the victim's family during Friday's sentencing hearing.

Prosecutors say the San Diego woman sent 13 text messages in 15 minutes before her Toyota Prius rear-ended a car stopped in traffic on Interstate 405 in Westminster four years ago. She also took a phone call.

The 85-mph crash killed the other driver, 23-year-old Deanna Mauer.

Mauer was a star pitcher for San Jose State University.

Nicolas was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter after two trials. After today's sentencing, the judge allowed Nicolas to go outside the courtroom to say goodbye to her 4-year old daughter.


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