BROOKLYN - A local leader is calling for tougher penalties on drivers who get into deadly car accidents while on their phone.

The legislation comes on the heels of a distracted driver accident in Brooklyn. Tien Sheng Lin, 53, was struck while on his scooter by a teenager whom police say was texting while driving. Lin remains on life support due to severe brain trauma from the crash.

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is proposing legislation which would bring felony charges for the suspected driver in such incidents. Bracha Rothberger, 19, has been charged with reckless driving for hitting Lin. Ortiz?s law, if passed, would call for manslaughter charges should Lin die as a result of the accident.

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