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August 22, 2011

Woman Pleads and is Sentenced in Texting-While-Driving Death

Filed under: California Defense Attorney — Tags: , , — fayarfa @ 2:22 pm

BURBANK – A young woman driver charged with killing an elderly pedestrian in Glendale while she was texting pleaded no contest today to gross vehicular manslaughter.

Deputy District Attorney Alison Matsumoto said the open plea was entered before Burbank Superior Court Judge Patrick Hegarty over the prosecution’s objection. She said she told the court that “this is not a case that is appropriate for early disposition.” A preliminary hearing of the evidence had been scheduled for today.

The judge took the plea and sentenced 21-year-old Ani Voskanian of Tujunga to three years of probation. As part of probation, Voskanian must do 300 hours of community service, including talking to junior and senior high school students about the dangers of texting and driving. She also is not allowed to use a cell phone while driving.

Misak Ranjbar, 80, was struck and killed on Sept. 15, 2010, while crossing California Avenue in Glendale. The case was investigated by Glendale police.

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