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.
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.
taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and was pronounced dead
after bleeding to death from his injuries.
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
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.
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
amount of money Cabrales is seeking in the lawsuit is currently unknown.
quote: My solution is a bit different: ban people from driving. That would take care of the problem.
quote: Status Now: Going to Jail!
quote: Araceli Beas struck and killed a pedestrian with her car