UPDATE: Outagamie Co. Woman Sentenced in Fatal Texting Crash

By: Associated Press/ WSAW Staff
By: Associated Press/ WSAW Staff

UPDATED: Tue 1:50 PM, Aug 20, 2013

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A Fox Valley woman has been sentenced to a year in jail for a fatal bike crash.

Prosecutors say PaKou Xiong struck Jim Weiss from behind as he rode his bike in Kimberly in July of last year. Authorities believe Xiong was texting at the time of the crash.

A judge in Outagamie County on Tuesday also sentenced Xiong to serve five years of probation and do 100 hours of community service each of those years while wearing jail orange and a pin memorializing Weiss.

WLUK-TV reports an accident reconstruction showed there were no signs Xiong attempted to brake before hitting Weiss.

UPDATE: 4/16 at 10:46 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A Fox Valley teenager has pleaded not guilty in a fatal crash that police say occurred because she was texting while driving.

Nineteen-year-old PaKou Xiong is charged in Outagamie County with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. Investigators reviewed Xiong's cell phone records and say they found an exchange of text messages in the moments leading up to the crash that killed James Weiss. He was biking in Kimberly when he was struck July 28.

The Post-Crescent says a trial is scheduled July 9. A conviction carries a maximum 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

ORIGINAL STORY: 1/21 at 2:01 p.m.

Charges have now filed against 19-year-old Outagamie County woman accused of texting while driving and causing a crash that fatally injured a man.

According to WLUK-TV, James Weiss, 46, was riding his bike shortly after midnight on July 28, 2012 in Little Chute, when investigators say he was struck from behind by PaKou Xiong. Prosecutors say there were no tire marks indicating Xiong's vehicle had attempted to stop. Weiss was taken to a Neenah hospital. He died on August 4th .

Weiss' bicycle did have lights and reflectors on it.

Xiong remains behind bars in the Outagamie County Jail. She's expected to be charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle.

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