Driver sued for updating Facebook during fatal crash

On December 7, 2010 while standing near his vehicle exchanging information with another motorist after a minor accident in the early morning in Chicago, 70-year-old Raymond Veloz was struck by 21-year-old Araceli Beas. His right leg was partially severed and he lost too much blood and was pronounced dead around 9:30 AM at a nearby hospital.

Beas told police that she had been temporarily blinded by the sun at the time of the accident and the motorist involved in the accident beforehand with Veloz also claimed that the sun had blinded him. But Veloz' daughter Regina Cabrales has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Beas claiming that she updated her Facebook page at 7:54 AM, which was approximately the same time that Veloz called 911 for emergency assistance.

Beas' mother, Rosario Rodriguez, supports her daughter's claim by insisting that she updated her Facebook while waiting for her car to warm up outside her boyfriend's house that is only two miles away from the scene of the accident.

Cabrales' lawyer has stated that he still needs to figure out the exact timing of Veloz' cell phone call and Beas' status update to see if they sync up, and also has to verify whether Beas' Facebook updated immediately.
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