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Teen Driver Who Killed 2 Must Speak Publicly 25 Times

Callison Mae Olson will also have to serve 60 days in jail
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2019 3:41 AM CDT
Olson will be required to complete 25 public speaking engagements on distracted driving.   (Getty Images/stefanovicigor)

(Newser) – A Minnesota teenager who killed a former police officer and his university professor wife after being distracted by her phone has been sentenced to 60 days in jail—and 25 speaking engagements on the dangers of distracted driving. Callison Mae Olson, now 18, was 17 at the time of last June's deadly crash in Elk River. Police say she was driving a pickup on a rural road when she picked her phone after it buzzed and swerved into oncoming traffic, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. She hit the Harley-Davidson being driven by Steve Nanney head-on, killing the 51-year-old former Blaine police officer and his wife, Susie Nanney, an associate professor at the University of Minnesota who was also 51.

Olson pleaded guilty to one count each of criminal vehicular homicide and reckless driving. Police say that after consulting the Nanney family, they decided to drop two additional counts, WCCO reports. Olson, who was ordered to pay $7,000 in restitution, will be allowed to serve her jail time in stretches of 20 days a year over the next three years. She was also sentenced to three years of probation, and will not be allowed to drive during that time. Steve Nanney served 10 years with the Blaine department, the last three of them as a school resource officer, and dedicated many hours to volunteering with Special Olympics Minnesota. Susie Nanney's work at the University of Minnesota Medical School focused on improving children's health and nutrition. (Read more distracted driving stories.)

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