IPSWICH (CBS) — A woman accused of driving into a family on their bicycles, killing the father, was arraigned in an Ipswich courtroom Wednesday.
Ryane Linehan is charged with motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, using an electronic device while operating a motor vehicle and a marked lanes violation. Prosecutors say she was texting while driving just before the March 26 crash.READ MORE: Robert Gentile, The Man The FBI Believed Knew About The Gardner Museum Theft, Has Died
In court, 44-year-old Linehan denied that she was texting at the time of the accident, according to The Daily News of Newburyport. She said in court that she suffered a medical condition that led her to take her eyes off the road.
On the afternoon of March 26, Linehan was driving her Kia Soul on Topsfield Road when she struck 58-year-old George Norris as he rode his bike with his wife and son.READ MORE: FDA Authorizes Booster Dose Of Pfizer's COVID-19 Vaccine For People 65 And Older
All three were injured, and George Norris died the next day at Massachusetts General Hospital.
According to police, Linehan sent and received a series of text messages between 2:03 and 2:07 p.m. Her call to 911 reporting the accident was at 2:11.MORE NEWS: Delayed But Longer Fall Foliage Season Expected In New England
Linehan is set to return to court on Sept. 22 for a pretrial hearing.