Woman’s wrongful death lawsuit claims driver’s distraction was caused by updating Facebook status

The daughter of 70-year-old Raymond Veloz, who was struck and killed while standing next to his vehicle after a “fender bender” car accident, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the woman, Araceli Beas, who was driving the car that hit her father.
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In her wrongful death lawsuit, Veloz’s daughter, Regina Cabrales, alleges that Beas was distracted when she was involved in the pedestrian accident because she was updating her Facebook. Veloz made an emergency 911 phone call about his car accident at 7:54am and Beas’s Facebook page shows that Beas’ Facebook status was updated at the same time.

Police ticketed Beas with “failure to avoid striking a pedestrian,” according to the Chicago Tribune. Beas claimed that sun in her eyes was the cause of the accident.

Washington state motor vehicle code RCW 46.61.668 prohibits drivers from using a sending, reading, or writing a text message while driving.

A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed on behalf of a deceased loved one when that person’s death was caused by the negligent or wrongful act of another. Often, wrongful death lawsuits arise from the negligent operation of a motor vehicle accident as in this case.

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