Plea deal in texting while driving case

BURLINGTON — The trial of a Vermont woman who’s charged with hitting a pedestrian with her car while texting and driving has ended with a plea deal.
Nineteen-year-old Emma Viera of Colchester could serve up to six months in jail or be sentenced to home confinement as part of the deal.
She’s accused of striking 53-year-old Deb Drewniak in August, 2011, as Drewniak was walking her dog in the dark in Colchester.
The plea deal was reached late Thursday afternoon, on the third day of Viera’s trial.
It calls for a five-year deferred sentenced. The conviction would be erased from Viera’s record if she stays out of trouble during that time.

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