It was a difficult trial to read about.

In the end, Hector Pena, 47, was convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the death of Christina Marie Lopez, 11.

She was hit by his truck while waiting at a school bus stop in Texas City in 2012.

During the trial, Pena’s attorney argued that it was a tragic accident. There was no suggestion of alcohol use. Pena had a clean record.

He simply lost sight of the girl for a second.

Prosecutor Bill Reed, asked for perspective on the verdict, said: “I think potentially it applies to anybody in our county texting while driving, or driving intoxicated or recklessly.”

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