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Woman sentenced to 1-year jail sentence for fatal crash

October 30, 2019 GMT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman who struck and killed three people with her car moments after texting an emoji to a friend will spend a year in jail.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Claire Carr pleaded guilty to reckless driving Tuesday in Goochland County.

Authorities say Carr was driving on Route 288 last year when she came upon a disabled car in the left lane.

The driver of the disabled vehicle, Linli Xu, of Midlothian, was standing in a grass median after striking a deer, and a Glen Allen couple — Justin Ransone and Amy Lee Abbott — had stopped to help. Police said all three were struck and killed by Carr’s vehicle after she swerved to avoid the disabled car.