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Woman, 30, gets prison time for fatal texting crash near Nekoosa


WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - A 30-year-old Nekoosa woman convicted of killing her boyfriend on his motorcycle because she was texting as she drove a vehicle behind him was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday, authorities said.

Jessica Hendricks was convicted of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle in the July 25, 2015, death of Scott G. Carlson, 38, of Nekoosa, court records said.

According to the criminal complaint, Hendricks had been texting friends as she and Carlson left The Edge tavern in Nekoosa.

As she drove a car and Carlson drove a motorcycle to drop off at the apartment they shared, she slammed into the motorcycle while reading a text message, running over the cycle and Carlson, the complaint said. The crash happened on state Highway 173 near Port Edwards. Carlson was killed at the scene.

A check of Hendricks' cellphone indicated numerous text messages, including one a few minutes prior to the crash about 10 p.m., the complaint said.

Before being sentenced, Hendricks, in an emotional statement, apologized to Carlson's family, a court official said. Wood County Circuit Judge Circuit Judge Gregory Potter ordered her to serve five years on extended supervision when she is released from prison.

At the time of the crash, Hendricks lived in Nekoosa and has now moved to the Mukwango, court records said.

She originally was charged with second-degree reckless homicide, but the charge was reduced in a deal with prosecutors for her no contest plea.

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