Prosecutors in Maine have charged Kristina Lowe with two counts of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated criminal operating under the influence, and leaving the scene of an accident in connection with a crash that killed two of Lowe’s friends last year. Some have said that Lowe serves as a perfect example of the dangers of texting while driving, while Lowe’s attorney has stated that Lowe was not texting at all at the time of the accident. According to Lowe’s attorney, the prosecutors do not have a manslaughter case against Lowe because they have no proof that she was texting.
The fatal crash occurred late at night in West Paris, Maine on January 7, 2012. Lowe was eighteen at the time of the accident. Prosecutors claim that Lowe and her friends were at an underage drinking party until about midnight that evening, when Lowe, who they claim was drinking, got behind the wheel of her car and proceeded to speed and text while driving until her car flew through the air into trees. Lowe was seriously injured in the accident, two passengers were killed, and one passenger survived. The two passengers who died were Logan Dam, nineteen, and Rebecca Mason, sixteen.
Lowe was interviewed by police after the accident, while she was still in the hospital and on pain medication. Lowe told the trooper who interviewed her that she could not have been the driver because she was too intoxicated to drive and had been texting at the time of the accident. Lowe’s attorney said that Lowe made these statements because she was either trying to convince the trooper she was not the one driving that night or because she was traumatized after the incident. Cellphone records show that Lowe was not sending any text messages around the time of the incident. There was a text sent to her phone right around the time of the crash, but there is no proof that she answered the message. Debbie Sand, the mother of Logan Dam, has urged Lowe to take responsibility for her action, so that the family can move on and begin to heal.
Maine manslaughter case focuses on texting, www.palmbeachpost.com September 9, 2013
Although it is still unclear whether texting was a cause of the accident here, this issue has become a very serious one that must be addressed. Distracted driving is among the leading causes of serious injury and fatal car accidents. This is especially true for young adults. Many families lose children each year because of texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving. The Coral Gables automobile accident attorneys have dedicated their careers to helping victims and their families recover after tragic automobile accidents. If you or someone you love has been injured because of another driver’s negligence, the Fort Lauderdale insurance litigation attorneys can help you recover compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Call (305) 661-2008 to have a free consultation with a Miami Beach motor vehicle accident attorney today!
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