May 26, 2012
Judge: Text Sender Not Liable In Car Crash
A New Jersey woman who sent a text message to her boyfriend cannot be held liable for a car crash he caused while responding to the message, reports 11KKTV.
A judge made that decision Friday in state Superior Court in Morris County.
A lawyer for David and Linda Kubert had argued that text messages from Shannon Colonna to Kyle Best played a role in a 2009 wreck that cost his clients their legs.
On September 21, 2009, the Kuberts were riding their motorcycle in Mine Hill, N.J. A Chevy truck swerved across the center line and hit them head-on.
David Kubert said as the truck approach he could see the driver "steering with his elbows, with his head down. And I could tell he was text messaging."
Both Kuberts were seriously injured when Best crashed into their motorcycle. David Kubert had his left leg torn off above the knee, while Linda Kubert eventually had her left leg amputated.
"This is a senseless crash that didn't have to happen," David Kubert told CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann.
But Colonna's lawyer said she had no control over when Best would read and respond to the message.
The case is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.
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