NC mother disappointed with $25 fine in crash that killed her daughter

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A man who crashed his truck into a car, killing an East Carolina student two years ago has been ordered to pay a $25 fine.

The News & Observer reported that 19-year-old Mitchell Grey Wilkerson was ordered to pay the fine last week.

Prosecutors accepted an agreement that allowed Wilkerson to plead guilty to driving while using a cellphone.

Wilkerson was originally charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. The decision on Wednesday came after two mistrials in February and June.

After the second trial, an assistant attorney suggested a plea bargain with a reduced charge of careless and reckless driving, according to the victim’s mother, Sharon Carter of Raleigh.

But she didn’t find out the punishment until Wednesday. The victim’s mother said she is upset, but also forgives Wilkerson.

“I was tearful,” Carter said. “I’m disappointed, very disappointed.”

Wilkerson crossed the centerline two years ago while driving a Ford F-250 pickup truck in Greenville. He struck a Honda Accord head-on, killing East Carolina University student Elizabeth Ann “Lizz” Griffiths.