Driver admits texting in fatal crash
STRUTHERS, Ohio - There's been another surprise development in a deadly case of texting while driving.
A young driver, who earlier turned down a plea agreement, decides not to face trial after all.
It's the case of 21-year old Whitney Yeager, who admitted that she was texting when her car struck and killed David Muslovski as he took his morning walk on Middletown Road.
After rejecting a plea deal in August, Yeager was facing a jury trial. But that all changed during a hearing in Struthers court when Yeager withdrew her request for a jury trial and entered a plea of no contest to a charge of vehicular homicide.
Prosecuting attorney Ross Smith would not elaborate on what brought about the change. "Today was a result of further negotiations between the state and defense counsel," Smith said.
Yeager will be sentenced following completion of a pre-sentence investigation.
The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a thousand dollar fine.
Attorney Smith says the state's recommendation for sentencing has not yet been decided. "I'm still formulating, in conjunction with the family, what our recommendation's going to be," Smith said.
The victim's family chose not to make any comment, however since the accident they have been on a personal campaign to get texting while driving banned in Ohio. The family collected signatures on petitions during the Canfield Fair.
The legislation to ban texting is still in committee in Columbus.
Yeager is expected to be sentenced sometime in January.