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Old 02-21-2011, 01:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Motorist Araceli Beas struck and killed a pedestrian with her car while allegedly posting a status to her Facebook on her phone

Some Facebook users are catching a lot of heat for the way they manage their accounts. For instance, attorneys in North Carolina have found that Facebook plays a huge role in most of their divorce cases. Now, one Facebook user may be facing serious charges for allegedly killing a pedestrian with her car while posting onto Facebook.

Raymond Veloz, a 70-year-old Chicago resident, got into a fender-bender last December in South Chicago. According to police, Veloz stepped out of his vehicle to speak to the other motorist when Araceli Beas, who was driving south on Ewing Avenue, hit him with her car.

Veloz was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and was pronounced dead after bleeding to death from his injuries.

Beas told police that she had struck Veloz because the sun was temporarily in her eyes, obstructing her vision. She was ticketed with failure to avoid striking a pedestrian.

But Veloz's daughter, Regina Cabrales, filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday alleging that Beas was actually on Facebook while driving when she hit Veloz. According to the suit, Beas' Facebook page was updated at 7:54 a.m. by her mobile phone, which was the same time that Veloz had made a 911 call regarding his fender-bender. Also, Cabrales alleges that Beas was driving "without keeping a proper and sufficient outlook," and that the driver has violated an act set in 2009 that prohibits Illinois motorists from driving while using an electronic communication device.

In response to the allegations, Beas and her mother said that Beas made the status update on Facebook several minutes earlier while parked, waiting for her car to warm up.

The amount of money Cabrales is seeking in the lawsuit is currently unknown.
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Old 02-21-2011, 01:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Idiot, when you drive you give 100% of your attention to driving you do not use a phone in anyway, facebook is not so important you can forget your responsibility while you drive.

My thoughts are with the victims family.
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Idiot, when you drive you give 100% of your attention to driving you do not use a phone in anyway, facebook is not so important you forget your responsibility while you drive.

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Agree 100% and would also note that being "blinded by the sun" is not a legitimate excuse for hitting someone.
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Hope his phone got the death penalty.
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Hope his phone got the death penalty.
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Hope his phone got the death penalty.
So her phone killed the person??

I think some thoughts are better left not typed.
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Some people don't have a sense of humor anymore.
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Some people don't have a sense of humor anymore.
Do you mean:
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b) Before now, all people had a sense of humor and that this is no longer true.
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People around here are taking things a little to seriously lately. His post was clearly a joke and you cut him in half like a hot knife through butter.
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I'm with ya Mguire.

Kmote, he said some, not all.
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