Wisconsin Woman Accused of Texting Convicted in Fatal Crash

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A jury has convicted a woman accused of texting moments before a fatal crash in east-central Wisconsin.

Jurors in Fond du Lac County on Thursday found 27-year-old Heather Cleveland of Kewaskum guilty of homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

Cleveland was traveling west on State Highway 23 from Fond du Lac to Ripon in June 2014, going about 70 mph, when her SUV rear-ended a pickup stopped to make a left turn. The impact pushed the truck into the path of another vehicle driven by 63-year-old Linda Trotter of Ripon. Trotter died at the scene.

Phone records show Cleveland was sending and receiving texts moments before the crash.

The Reporter Media (http://fondul.ac/22yB4SX ) says the felony carries up to 10 years in prison. Sentencing is set for June 24.

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