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Negligent homicide

criminal charge for death due to criminal negligence; not necessary intentional

Negligent homicide is the crime of killing a person unintentionally through negligence.[1] For example, someone might write a text message while driving a car, instead of paying attention to the road. If that makes them hit and kill someone, that is negligent homicide.

It is a lesser crime than murder or manslaughter and the sentences are lower.


  1. "Definition of Negligent Homicide". US Legal. Retrieved December 5, 2013.