SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A woman who was sending text messages while driving on the Capital City Freeway when her car lost control and swerved into a motorcyclist was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday, the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office announced.
In October 2011, Sequoia Jones, 22, of Sacramento was driving 70-75 mph while sending and receiving texts when her vehicle struck Robert Wilson, 64, of North Highlands. He crashed his bike and then was hit by another vehicle while on the ground and died.
Jones fled the scene but eventually pulled over with a flat tire. She abandoned her car but the CHP recovered it and tracked her down with information from her license plate number.
Jones pled no contest to charges of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and hit and run.