MOUNT VERNON — Megan Peterson will be sentenced on May 16, after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of vehicular homicide and assault in Mount Vernon Municipal Court on Monday.
According to Peterson’s attorney, Brandon Crunkilton, the reason felony charges were lessened to misdemeanor charges were that Peterson’s phone records did not show that her cell phone was in use at the time of the crash. The alleged use of cell phone texting contributing to the crash could not be proven, Crunkilton said.
He explained difference between a felony and a misdemeanor are that felonies are the result of recklessness while misdemeanors are caused by negligence. Recklessness on the part of Peterson was not proven, Crunkilton told the News.