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Judge dismisses charges against man in texting and driving accident

By Web Staff, WDBJ7, news@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:16:06 AM EST
Updated On: Aug 27 2013 05:08:50 AM EDT

The trial starts today for a man who's accused of causing a deadly wreck because he was texting and driving.

AMHERST CO., Va. -

UPDATE 5:00 a.m.:

A man who caused a deadly crash while texting and driving no longer faces involuntary manslaughter charges.

A judge threw out those charges Monday in the first day of Matthew Gardner's trial.

Gardner pled guilty instead to reckless driving.

The wreck happened in April of last year on Route 29 in Amherst County.

Fred Perutelli was picking up some furniture that had fallen out of his truck.

State Trooper D-T Wilson stopped to help him.

That's when Gardner slammed into them, killing Perutelli and badly hurting Trooper Wilson.

We're working to find out what kind of punishment Garnder will get.

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The trial starts Monday for a man who's accused of causing a deadly wreck because he was texting and driving.

It happened in April of last year on Route 29 near Galts Mill Road in Amherst County.

Fred Perutelli was picking up some furniture that had fallen out of his truck.

State Trooper DT Wilson stopped to help him.

That's when police say Matthew Gardner slammed into them.

Perutelli died.

Trooper Wilson was badly hurt.

Gardner's trial is scheduled to last two days.