BURBANK (AP) — A young woman driver charged with killing an elderly pedestrian in Glendale while she was texting has pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter.

KNX 1070’s Kim Marriner Reports

Deputy District Attorney Alison Matsumoto says the open plea was entered Friday before a Burbank judge over the prosecution’s objection. Matsumoto says she told the court she did not feel the case was appropriate for early disposition. A preliminary hearing of the evidence had been scheduled for Friday.

The judge accepted the plea and sentenced 21-year-old Ani Voskanian to three years of probation. She also must do 300 hours of community service, including talking to junior and senior high school students about the dangers of texting and driving.

Misak Ranjbar, 80, was struck and killed last September while crossing a Glendale street.

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Comments (6)
  1. new mommy says:

    i was 5 months pregnant and driving when suddenly we hit a red light, the teenager behind me too busy texting didnt realize we stopped and hit me going about 50 mph. My car was a total mess but thankfully nothing happened to my baby since i did hi tthe steering wheel. This girl got nothing but a slap on the hand and a no-no by cops. texting and driving should be just as bad as drinking and driving.

  2. Ryan says:

    I agree in the case of an accident but not simply just texting and driving

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  3. Lupe Rivera says:

    The Judge should of sentence this stupid person killing an innocent victim regardless of age. No one but no one . should get away with murder while texting and driving recklessly. Think about the victims family is going through right now because some idiot Judge is only going to slap her hand and let her go on Probation, that’s no Justice and Lastly that just shows how our court system get’s way with it. If your texting while driving recklessly and you kill someone regardless of age, ethnicity, disabled, or income, you need to pay big time, in the big house damnit.

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