- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey woman accused of texting before a fatal crash last year has pleaded not guilty.

The Press of Atlantic City reports (http://bit.ly/1H738kv ) 25-year-old Mihaela Reilly pleaded not guilty to death by auto Thursday. Officials say the Upper Township woman was driving north on Route 9 in July 2014 when her car struck and killed 76-year-old David Loder while he was walking near his home.

The case is the first death by auto indictment in Cape May County stemming from a texting while driving allegation.

Reilly’s attorney, John Tumelty, says he’s preparing a motion to dismiss the indictment. He has said she wasn’t using her cellphone when the crash occurred.

Reilly didn’t comment after the court hearing.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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