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Abby Elaine Sletten

Hatton woman accused of texting, Facebooking during fatal crash appears in court

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HILLSBORO, N.D. – A Hatton woman is out on her own recognizance after making her first court appearance on charges she killed a great-grandmother in a high-speed crash while texting and using Facebook in May.

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Abby Elaine Sletten, 20, appeared with her attorney in Traill County District Court on Wednesday.

Sletten was charged last week with one count of Class C felony negligent homicide after prosecutors say she rear-ended an SUV at about 85 mph.

Court documents say the driver of the SUV was trying to make a U-turn on Interstate 29 ahead of Sletten at the time.

Phyllis Gordon, an 89-year-old from Ada, Minn., was dead at the scene.

Through her family, Sletten declined to comment.

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