A driver who killed three people, including a pregnant woman, after texting and from the facepalm emoji to her boyfriend has been sentenced to just one year in prison.
Claire Carr, 54, pleaded guilty to reckless driving in Goochland County, Virginia, on Tuesday after hitting Linli Xu and couple Justin Ransone and Amy Lee Abbott in June 2018.
Xu, 25, who was six months pregnant with her son, stood in a grass pan on Route 288 after he struck a deer. Ransone  and his girlfriend Abbott  had stopped to help her.
The police said they were all hit and killed by Carr's vehicle after hurling to avoid Xu & # 39; s crashed Mercedes in the left lane. Justin had talked to Xu on the phone with the emergency services when they were hit.
Carr, a lawyer and partner at a local law firm, had sent a text message to a woman who was holding her palm to her face a few seconds earlier, the authorities said.
She apologized in tears for her actions and told the families of the killed people: & I am so sorry – so deeply and deeply sorry for this accident.
Lawyer Claire Carr, 54, pictured, pleaded guilty to reckless driving Tuesday in Virginia. She hit Linli Xu  and paired Justin Ransone and Amy Lee Abbott in June 2018
Linli Xu, in the photo, who was six months pregnant with her son, stood in a grass median on Route 288 after he struck a deer. Justin Ransone and Amy Lee Abbott stopped to help her
Justin, left, had been on Xu & # 39; s phone to talk to the emergency services when they were hit. He and his girlfriend, Amy Lee Abbott, immediately stopped helping Linli Xu after beating a deer
Carr said: & # 39; There is no prison or punishment that comes close to the prison of my own mind and heart. & # 39;
She would have been imprisoned for up to 30 years if she had been found guilty of three counts of involuntary manslaughter, The Richmond Times shipment reports.
But she argued, to a lesser extent, reckless driving. She will also see her driver's license suspended for six months with work release rights that allow limited use to drive to and from work.
The man from Linli Xu, Heng Hu, said that allowing Carr to work during the day and only stay in jail at night and on the weekend & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; He added: & # 39; I feel disappointed because I feel the driver, she has everything she wanted. & # 39;
Abbott's sister, Nancye Hunter, said: “In all honesty, she has taken three lives and an unborn baby. She destroyed three families. She took a mother away from her two children.
& # 39; Does she feel sorry? Yes. But I think she has more grief for herself.
& # 39; There must be harsher penalties for people who do it, so the next time a teenager or mother gets ready to text her child & # 39; and what dinner is, they think twice about it. That innocent text costs lives. & # 39;
Authorities say Carr was driving on Route 288 last year when she encountered a disabled car on the left lane. Police said they had all been hit and killed by Carr's vehicle after hurling to avoid Xu & # 39; s crashed Mercedes in the left lane
The driver of the handicapped vehicle, Linli Xu, from Midlothian, stood in a grass median after beating a deer, and a pair of Glen Allen, Justin Ransone and Amy Lee Abbott, stopped to help
Ransone & # 39; s mother, Dianne, added: & # 39; It was terrible. My son was hit at 63 km / h.
& # 39; Our grandsons miss their father every day and the bond they had with Amy and her sons. & # 39;
Carr had driven her 2016 Audi Q5 home after dinner in the left lane of Route 288 when she turned to prevent him from hitting Xu & # 39; s car.
She had sent three friends an SMS in the 20 minutes prior to the crash and had sent her last message a few seconds earlier, the authorities said.
Goochland Commonwealth & # 39; s Attorney Mike Caudill said: & Claire 39 is a talented person and has done only good things until this crash. In this case there are no winners. & # 39;
Explanation of the sentencing decision Caudill added: & jurisprudence is clear that criminal negligence is a very high burden. As the evidence developed in the case, we became aware of concerns about meeting that burden.
& # 39; I have to do what is fair and just and it may not seem that way without a full and complete understanding of the facts and circumstances of the case. & # 39;
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