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Trucker sentenced to one year in jail in distracted driving death

54-year-old man killed in 2018 crash in Lake Elmo

July 19, 2019 - 6:16 am

A Wisconsin truck driver who pleaded guilty in a distracted-driving crash that killed a motorist in Lake Elmo was sentenced to one year in prison on Friday in Washington County court.

29-year-old Samuel Hicks of Independence, Wisc. was also sentenced to ten years on probation.

He reached a plea deal in April.

Killed at the scene on Feb. 27, 2018 was 54-year-old Robert Bursik, when his car was slammed by a truck driven by Hicks, who was on his cellphone at the time.  

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Hicks admitted he was texting to his girlfriend at the time of the collision.

Bursik was from Amery, Wisc.

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