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Cell phone use kills cyclist

55-year-old Lorie Ann Miller of Rib Lake faces homicide charges in Marathon County. Miller is accused of homicide by negligent driving after killing Donna David last summer, facing up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

At the scene of the accident, Miller denied cell phone use. Police used a special device that determined Miller was in fact using her phone when she hit the cyclist, but deleted the texts sent during the time of the accident. Miller now claims she sent the texts right before driving, but a deputy recently disproved her statement. Miller was traveling at about 55 mph, so in the brief time it took her to write and send her message, her car likely traveled 800 feet while her eyes were not on the road. The timing also supports the deputy’s theory as the time between the sending of the message and the 911 call by witnesses was just 3 minutes.

Texting and driving is extremely dangerous, causing drivers to lose focus on the road. Please stay vigilant when driving to prevent harming others. Our thoughts are with David’s friends and family. 

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