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Mason City teen fined for texting while driving after striking pedestrian

Flip flops said to belong to the victim still in the street following the incident (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Flip flops said to belong to the victim were still in the street following the July 10th incident (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

MASON CITY – A texting teen who was cited after driving her car into a pedestrian has been fined after being found guilty on two charges following the incident.

Christian L. Bitker-Rasmussen, 16, was found guilty by judge Ronald J. Wagenaar on August 7th of failure to yield to a pedestrian within an intersection and use of an electronic communication device while driving. She was fined $100.00 for each offense and court costs, totaling $390.00.  Her attorney was Mark Young.

Krista Mary, 33, of Mason City, was struck by Bitker-Rasmussen’s 1995 Ford Escort while crossing the street, walking northbound at the intersection of East State Street and Connecticut Avenue on Wednesday, July 10th at around 3:33 PM.

Police said that Bitker-Rasmussen struck Mary head-on, and she received head injuries and was transported to the Mercy Hospital Emergency Room by emergency responders, where she was hospitalized.

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