Teen in fatal texting-while-driving wreck back in jail

PLATTE COUNTY, Mo. - A teenager who killed a woman in 2011 while she was texting and driving initially avoided jail time for her crime, but she's now behind bars.

Rachel Gannon admitted to killing Loretta Larimer during the incident two years ago, pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter and third-degree assault. Gannon also violated a law prohibiting drivers 21 years old and younger from texting while driving.

She initially received probation for the crime, but three probation violations landed her back in jail last September, just months after her sentencing

This week, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said Gannon -- who had been participating in an educational release program that allowed her parents to pick her up from jail each day and take her to school -- was found to be skipping her court-mandated study halls. She was spotted by an officer at an area Dairy Queen while she should have been in school, he said.

Zahnd said the additional violations mean that Gannon will now stay in jail and not be able to attend school.

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