A man who killed two pedestrians while texting and driving has been sentenced to community service and probation, according to 9 News. The man was texting while driving along 168thAve in Thornton when he veered off the road, hitting three young men who were walking in the shoulder. Two of them were killed instantly, and the teenage brother of the younger man was injured in the crash. The driver could have spent up to a year in jail for each victim in the accident, but the families told the judge that they had forgiven him, and ask for leniency for him in sentencing. The driver was sentenced to perform 300 hours of community service and probation.
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