BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A judge has ruled that a Vermont teenager accused of hitting a pedestrian with her car while texting should not drive again before her case is resolved.
Emma Vieira, 19, of Colchester, pleaded not guilty to grossly negligent operation of a motor vehicle with serious bodily injury resulting in the August crash, which left Debbie Drewniak in a wheelchair. She had been walking her dog when both were struck. The impact left the 53-year-old Drewniak in a coma and killed her dog.
Vieira had asked Judge James Crucitti last week to allow her to drive to and from work after she completes a driver safety course. The Burlington Free Press reports he denied her request.
Prosecutors said Vieira sent and received text messages moments before the crash.
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