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Minnesota driver accused of texting in killing cyclist is convicted of careless driving


A driver who killed a bicyclist on a rural Minnesota road was convicted this week of careless driving.

The McLeod County attorney last year charged Emily Givens, 26, of Hutchinson, with criminal vehicular homicide, alleging that she was reading a text message when she hit and killed Penny Verdeck, 40, on April 26, 2015.

In a ruling this week, Judge Timothy Looby said prosecutors couldn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Givens was distracted by a text message. He found her not guilty of a misdemeanor charge of using a cellphone while driving and not guilty of the more serious felony charge — vehicular homicide.


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