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Woman banned from carrying any portable communication device after killing cyclist

By Mason White 10:06 AM June 7, 2015
Mitzi Nelson 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A man asked a judge to ban a woman from carrying a cellphone after she killed his wife.

A judge in Michigan, agreed with the husband and gave an unusual punishment to the 23-year-old woman.

Mitzi Nelson was convicted of killing a female cyclist while she was distracted by her cellphone. Now, she has been prohibited from carrying a cellphone or any other portable electronic device for two years.

“I don’t think she has a right to have a cellphone. I think it’s a privilege,” Judge Stewart McDonald said.

Nelson was also sentenced to 90 days in jail, serve two years probation, talk to student drivers about not using a cellphone while driving and pay $15,000 in restitution.

Nelson was distracted by her ringing phone when she struck and killed 35-year-old Jill Byelich, a mother of two young boys.

Nelson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of a traffic violation causing death.

Michigan law bans texting while driving, but does not have a blanket ban on holding the phone while driving.

Byelich’s husband, Jordan Byelich, who suggested the cellphone ban, hugged Nelson in court before she was taken to jail.