Former State Police Dispatcher Sentenced In Texting Accident

ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A former state police dispatcher who killed a motorcycle rider while driving and texting on Interstate 291 has been sentenced to six months in jail.

WFSB-TV reports ( ) that 35-year-old Angel Rodriguez of Manchester was sentenced Wednesday in Enfield Superior Court for the accident that killed Tanya Cheverier of Windsor.

He pleaded guilty to felony misconduct with a motor vehicle in February.

State police say the father of three was driving on the Interstate 291 bridge over the Connecticut River near the Windsor-South Windsor line when he struck Cheverier’s motorycle.

Troopers say Rodriguez was reading a text message at the time.

The single mother of an 11-year-old boy died at the scene.

Cheverier’s relatives say they hope the case sends a serious message about the dangers of driving and texting.

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