By ESTEVAN MEDRANO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Ana Luisa Alcocer, who recently pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, received her sentence this Friday in front of Judge Arturo Cisneros Nelson.
Alcocer was assessed a penalty of two years in a state jail facility, but the jail time was probated for three years, meaning she will only serve jail time if she violates the conditions of her probation. Furthermore, the judge declared she must pay restitution in the amount of $4,120 within two years, cannot have contact with the family of the deceased, and is to complete a defensive driving course. She was also ordered to give a public speech on the hazards of texting while driving based on her experience if called upon to do so.
Alcocer had been distracted by her phone when she struck and killed 59-year-old pedestrian, Rebecca Haugh, with her red Cadillac Escalade in April 2014. Haugh was walking with her husband on the shoulder of FM 510 across the street from the South Padre Island Golf Club when she was hit. In the aftermath the town instituted a town-wide ban on texting and driving and launched the Laguna Vista CARES anti-texting campaign. Other cities throughout the Rio Grande Valley have also adopted similar cell phone ordinances.
“It may not have been malicious,” Judge Nelson said to Alcocer. “But your actions caused serious damage,” he said.
Haugh’s husband has since moved away from Laguna Vista.
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