Teen pleads guilty in crash that killed father, daughter last summer

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A Little Falls teenager accused of texting while driving before crashing into a van, killing a father and his 10-year-old daughter, has pleaded guilty.

The 17-year-old was charged via a juvenile delinquency petition last fall in connection with the July 21, 2015, crash on Highway 10 in Sherburne County, in which prosecutors said she ignored multiple pleas from her friends to stop texting before she ran a red light and crashed her pickup truck into the van.

On Friday, she pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal-vehicular homicide, the St. Cloud Times reports. She will be sentenced in March.

Charles Maurer, 54, of Becker, was pronounced dead that night and his daughter Cassy Maurer died 10 days later from injuries sustained in the crash. Maurer’s other daughter and her friend were injured in the crash, along with the four people traveling in the truck.

The judge ruled that the teenager will get a juvenile sentence, as well as an adult sentence that could be imposed if she fails to comply with the the juvenile sentence, the paper says. (It is BringMeTheNews' policy not to name people charged as juveniles.)

During the initial investigation, the driver of the vehicle was identified as an 18-year-old Little Falls man – the only one in the truck with a valid driver's license. But search warrants later indicated the 17-year-old girl was actually behind the wheel at the time, according to the petition.

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