Texting Driver Pleads Guilty in Crash that Killed Va. EMT

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. – A dump truck driver texting his girlfriend about Valentine’s Day plans before a deadly crash that killed an Amelia Emergency Squad paramedic has reportedly pleaded guilty.

The Feb. 13, 2018 crash took the life of 56-year-old Karen Giles, WTVR-TV reports. Giles worked with the squad for more than 30 years.

Samuel Allebaugh II, 58, will face up to nine years in prison as part of a plea bargain. Eight months of that sentence will be suspended for time served.

Giles’ family was in court for the plea deal and called the crash “senseless and preventable.”

“She was always there for me. It didn’t matter what she had going on,” one family member told the station. “If I called her, she would drop everything to help me or do whatever she can for me. I know she loved me and my husband and our kids.”

Watch the report below.

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