The Connection to a Fatality Crash Involving Son Results in Mother’s Sentence to Prison

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In Jefferson County, a Central Missouri woman whose son died in a fatal crash due to negligent driving as she was talking on her cellphone has been sentenced to one year in a county prison.

Stephanie Wiebold, age 31 from Meta, Missouri was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to careless and imprudent driving. Her 2-year-old son, Dallen Rackers, was unrestrained in the back seat when Weibold’s vehicle went off the road and crashed into a rock embankment. Dallen was thrown forward by the impact of the collision and died a few weeks later as a result of the serious injuries he suffered. According to police, Stephanie Weibold was on her cellphone when the fatality crash occurred.

Jefferson City police reported that Stephanie Weibold was traveling in the westbound direction of the 1800 block of U.S. 50 West and about two blocks east of Dix Road, when she “failed to maintain her lane of travel” because she was on her cellphone, “and, therefore, drove off the road striking a rock embankment.”

Police said the collision caused Weibold’s son, Dallen, “to travel forward in the car and impact the interior of the vehicle” because he was riding in the rear seat unrestrained. According to police, Stephanie also wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

Stephanie Weibold has been ordered to serve one year in the Cole County Jail.

An infraction of failing to restrain a child in a child restraint was dismissed.

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