H-SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY

Nov 16, 2012 7:48 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

CHP says driver involved in hit-and-run was texting and driving

Court documents say the woman who hit and killed a pedestrian while driving in Nipomo was texting when the accident occurred.

On Friday, Marie Marguerite Coyner, 23, was charged with two felonies including involuntary manslaughter and hit and run causing death.

According to a probable cause statement filed by the CHP, Coyner was driving a Toyota Prius on Thompson Road in Nipomo Sunday. The statement says, Coyner admitted to texting on her phone, veered off the road and hit "something," then failed to report it to police officers.

The body of Christopher Corey Tietjen, 24, was not found until Monday morning.

The CHP released a description of the vehicle believed to be involved based on the car parts found at the scene. Several tips led officers to Coyner's workplace where she was identified and arrested.

Coyner will be arraigned Monday in court.

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