Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Another example of how defendant's Facebook status can be key evidence

Back in 2009, the case of Rodney Bradford made headlines because an update he made to his Facebook page turned out to be the perfect alibi when he was later charged with robbery.  But one's Facebook status can also help establish a defendant's culpability as this recent story out of Chicago makes clear.

The family of a pedestrian fatally struck by a vehicle on the South Side in December filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the motorist, claiming she was updating her Facebook page on a cell phone when the crash happened.

Motorist Araceli Beas was updating her Facebook page on her mobile phone while driving when she fatally struck pedestrian Raymond Veloz at 7:54 a.m. Dec. 7, 2010, at 9220 S. Ewing Ave., according to a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

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The suit claims Veloz had exited his vehicle after getting into an accident with Allen Barbour. He was standing near Barbour’s vehicle exchanging information when struck by Beas’ vehicle, the suit said. Police said two eastbound vehicles were involved in a minor accident and both drivers were exchanging information when a third eastbound vehicle fatally struck one of the motorists.

You can read more here courtesy of WLSAM.com.

Hat tip to the E-Commerce Law blog.



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