Woman charged with killing motorcycle rider rejects lenient plea deal

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A woman accused of slamming into a stopped motorcyclist while driving and using a cell phone rejected a plea deal Wednesday afternoon.

Anna Marie Reynosa is charged with vehicle manslaughter with gross negligence relating to an April 2012 accident.

Charla Wilkins was stopped at an intersection when 20 year-old Anna Marie Reynosa struck her from behind, according to the charges. Authorities say Reynosa was using her cell phone without a hands-free device and speeding according to Michael Yraceburn, Deputy District Attorney.

The DA's office said this is possibly the first time in Kern County they have filed adult charges of vehicular manslaughter caused by gross negligence.

The DA offered Reynosa a plea deal that would have meant a sentence of 2 years prison at most.

Reynosa rejected the offer, Yraceburn said.

Felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence lead to a sentence of 2, 4 or 6 years in state prison.

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