by Mike Masnick
Fri, Feb 18th 2011 2:08pm
With all the stories these days of folks "texting while driving," it was only a matter of time until there was an attempt to claim that Facebooking-while-driving resulted in an accident. A wrongful death lawsuit in Chicago is alleging that the driver of a car in a fatal accident had just updated her Facebook status at the same time. The details of the situation are a bit confusing. Basically, a 70-year-old guy named Raymond Veloz got into an accident with another car (not the fatal accident) around 7:30 am. The two cars pulled over to the side of the road to exchange information. Closer to 8 am, another car, driven by Araceli Beas, struck Veloz, severing his leg, resulting in him bleeding to death. Veloz's daugher is now claiming in the lawsuit that Beas updated her Facebook status at 7:54 am... the exact same time that Veloz called 911 over being hit by Beas' car. Beas' mother insists that her daughter updated her status earlier, from the front of her boyfriend's house, as she waited for her car to warm up. Either way, this should make for an interesting case, as the timing of the various calls and questions about the accuracy and delay in Facebook messages and timestamps will suddenly become very, very important...
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