No cellphone for 2 years for Michigan driver in fatal bike crash

A Michigan woman accused of being distracted by her cellphone when her car struck and killed a bicyclist has been barred from using any portable communication device for two years.

“I don’t think she has a right to have a cellphone,” Clinton County District Judge Stewart McDonald said. “I think it’s a privilege.”

Police said Mitzi Nelson was distracted by her phone last fall when she hit Jill Byelich, 35, who was riding a bike near DeWitt, north of Lansing. Nelson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge.

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