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8:18 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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ADAMS COUNTY - A driver who killed two pedestrians and injured a third while he was texting on his cell phone was sentenced to two years probation and 300 hours of community service Thursday in Adams County Court.

Michael Grennan, 34, plead guilty to two counts of careless driving resulting in death and one count of careless driving resulting in injury. He also plead guilty to a charge of having no insurance.

Police say on March 31, 2012, Grennan was driving east on 168th Avenue in Thornton when he veered off the right side of the road, hitting three people walking on the shoulder. Two were killed instantly.

Police say Grennan received a text message and was fumbling with his phone when his pickup drifted onto the dirt shoulder and hit the three pedestrians.

Seth Lewis, 22, and Stephen Dabney, 33, were killed. Jarren Lewis, 14, was injured.

Adams County Judge Dianna Roybal said she was impressed by the forgiveness the families of the victims expressed. She said she would have imposed the maximum one-year jail sentence for each of the victims if family members had asked her to do so.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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