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.