Man hugs the woman who killed his wife

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CLINTON COUNTY, MI - A man in Michigan showed tremendous compassion to the woman who killed his wife.

Jordan Byelich hugged Mitzi Nelson after she was sentenced Wednesday.

Nelson was distracted by her phone when she hit and killed Jill Byelich, a mother of two, on her bike last year.

As Susan El Khoury reports, Jordan hopes some good can come out of this tragic accident.

Four words are all Jordan Byelich said to the woman who killed his wife.

(Jordan Byelich, Victim's Husband) I gave her a hug and said I'll pray for you.

It's not a moment he planned ... But watching an officer come into court with handcuffs ... Byelich says it hit him.

(Jordan Byelich, Victim's Husband) That was the moment I felt I would have to go over and reach out to her and her family say essentially hey you know I'm thinking about you.

Prosecutors say 23-year-old Mitzi Nelson was texting behind the wheel when she hit 35-year-old Jill Byelich ... Who was riding her bike along the road. Nelson will spend at least 90 days in jail...serving 30 days immediately...with the rest spread out over the holidays and another 90 suspended.

(Jordan Byelich, Victim's Husband) This isn't just one sided, yes our family, my family went through a very tragic event but I understand that you're going through something as well.

Byelich tells me it's compassion his wife would have shown ... Always looking for the silver lining.

(Jordan Byelich, Victim's Husband) I hope that out of this there's a learning opportunity where she can maybe pass on some of the things that she had to go through

And as Nelson went into jail her lawyer Mike Nichols says that gesture will stick with her ... Helping her start the long process of righting a wrong.

(Mike Nichols, Defense Attorney) It's not perfect you can't fix the wrong, but you can start the healing in some fashion and man that was powerful.

Trying to forgive but never forgetting all that was lost

(Jordan Byelich, Victim's Husband) If we could we'd go back in time and change it all but we can't so we have to move on.

In Clinton County Susan El Khoury News Ten.

Once on probation, nelson is ordered to speak to new drivers and is banned from owning a cell phone for two years.

She will also have to pay more than $15,000 to the Byelich family.

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