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Minn. woman sentenced in texting-while-driving motorcycle fatality

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(CBS/AP) WASECA, Minn. - A Minnesota woman who pleaded guilty to killing a motorcyclist because she was texting while driving has been sentenced to 10 years' probation, and ordered to pay restitution and do community service.

The Mankato Free Press reports 23-year-old Erica Nelson of New Richland crashed into 58-year-old motorcyclist Ronald Berschman of Buffalo Center, Iowa in August 2010.

Nelson must pay $200,000 in restitution and perform 480 hours of community service, in addition to the probation. She pleaded guilty earlier this year to felony vehicular homicide.

Nelson earlier told investigators that she might have fainted before the crash.

Another motorist told authorities he saw Nelson's car in the wrong lane of Minnesota Highway 30 before the head-on collision.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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