A Norristown truck driver who was reaching for his cell phone while driving a loaded box truck was sentenced to 13 months to 4 years in prison in a fatal multi-vehicle car and truck accident. The accident happened on Route 222. 69 News WFMZ-TV reports that Khalif F. Skinner, 35, was convicted in May of 2 counts of reckless endangerment and 4 summary traffic offenses. He was acquitted on vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter in the death of a Virginia man, Jeffrey C. Flowers, 69. The accident also injured his wife, Chieko Flowers. The plaintiff turned down a plea agreement of 18 months in prison for the felony charge of vehicular homicide. During the trial, the prosecutor argued that Skinner was driving a fully loaded GMC Savana box delivery truck when he took his eyes off the road for about 10 seconds or about a quarter of a mile to pick up a cell phone off the center console. State Police determined that Skinner was driving around 38 miles per hour and the Flower’s Prius was traveling at less than 3 miles per hour on impact. Although Skinner was acquitted of the felony charge, on Friday, June 14, Lehigh County Judge James Anthony sentenced Skinner to 13 months to 4 years in prison because his reckless behavior resulted in a death and $4,435 for funeral and medical costs.
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