Iowa woman sentenced in first-of-kind texting while driving case

Courtesy of Polk County Jail

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWQC) – A woman will serve no jail time for texting before an accident that badly injured one of her passengers.

Lydia E. George, 20, of Runnells, Iowa, was texting behind the wheel on October 9, 2015 when she crashed her Ford Excursion in rural Polk County.

One of her passengers is said to have suffered multiple broken bones and spent weeks in a wheelchair.

Prosecutors say George’s passengers had asked her before the accident to stop texting because she was scaring them.

George was sentenced on July 14, 2016 for texting while driving causing serious injury.

She was given two years’ probation, 140 hours of community service, and ordered to complete a driver’s improvement course.

The Polk County Attorney’s Office says on its Facebook page that it believes this is “the first case of its kind prosecuted in Iowa.”

Causing serious injury while texting while driving in Iowa is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

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