Belle Plaine teen gets plea offer in death of bicyclist she hit although Snapchatting – Twin Towns
A teenage driver from Belle Plaine who fatally struck a bicyclist, reportedly although Snapchatting on her cell phone, is predicted to be sentenced to local community company and probation.
Paige Elizabeth Narveson, 17, pleaded guilty to gross misdemeanor reckless driving Tuesday in Sibley County Juvenile Courtroom. A felony legal vehicular murder charge was dismissed in a plea offer.
Narveson killed Philip Ilg, 56, of New Prague, on Minnesota 25 in close proximity to Belle Plaine in June. A witness reported Ilg was on the gravel shoulder when Narveson went off the highway and hit him, according to the charging petition.
The teen’s cellphone info showed she was sending and getting Snapchat messages moments before the crash. She experienced a provisional license at the time that prohibited her from using a cellphone in any manner although driving.
The plea agreement phone calls for Narveson to be required to finish 200 hours of local community company, together with chatting to groups about the potential risks of distracted driving, and potentially also participating in a State Patrol basic safety campaign.
The offer also locations Narveson on probation until her 19th birthday and prohibits her from driving until 2019. It also calls for Narveson to pay restitution, the amount of money of which is nonetheless to be established.
Philip Ilg’s widow explained to KSTP-Tv she did not support the plea agreement.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 11.
Because Narveson was 16 at the time of the crash and originally billed with a felony, her court documents are public under point out regulation.