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Decide orders Minnesota girl to go to grave of motorist she killed whereas distracted by cellphone.

MINNEAPOLIS — Visiting the church cemetery grave of the lady she killed in a distracted driving crash is a part of a Dakota County decide’s sentence for a Minnesota girl.

Lori J. Hoefs, 57, of Oronoco, was sentenced Friday in reference to the collision in Hampton Township in 2016 that killed 78-year-old Brenda Ok. Travis of Rochester and critically injured her brother, Glen Travis.

Together with making two visits to the Bear Creek Lutheran Church cemetery northeast of Grand Meadow, Minn., the place Travis was laid to relaxation, Hoefs was sentenced by Decide Jerome Abrams to 6 months in jail and placed on probation for 2 years. If she qualifies, Hoefs can serve a part of that point on work launch.

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She additionally should carry out 30 hours of neighborhood service, the place she is required to discuss distracted driving, attend a driving enchancment clinic and pay $1,429 in fines and costs.

Hoefs was charged in June 2018 with felony counts of legal vehicular murder and legal vehicular operation. Her plea settlement known as for these expenses, which seemingly would have resulted in jail time upon conviction, to be dismissed in change for admitting to the lower-level counts.

Glen Travis, who suffered rib fractures and a damaged pelvis, advised the Star Tribune final fall that phrases of the plea deal have been passable to the household. He stated he didn’t need the sentence to price Hoefs her license as a registered nurse, which she has held for greater than 35 years and continues to carry.

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He did add, nonetheless, “We do surprise why she didn’t help” his sister on the crash scene, “however I suppose she was in complete shock.”

Hoefs advised authorities instantly after the crash that she had the telephone on speakerphone however was holding it whereas speaking to a pal as she drove west on County Street 88 into the intersection at Hwy. 56, the legal criticism learn.

She handed an indication warning her of the cease signal forward on the intersection and drove over pavement painted with the phrases “STOP AHEAD,” the criticism added. Her SUV struck the passenger aspect of the Travis’ automobile.

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Brenda Travis obtained an schooling diploma from St. Olaf Faculty in Northfield and a grasp’s diploma from the College of Minnesota earlier than embarking on a educating profession that lasted a long time and coated a number of continents.

After educating highschool for 2 years in Morgan, Minn., Travis taught enterprise for 32 years via the Division of Protection Abroad Dependent Colleges. In that position, she labored in Germany, Turkey, Morocco, Japan and the Philippines.


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