Driver Who Killed Pedestrian Was Updating Facebook Status, Lawsuit Claims
On December 7th, 70-year-old Raymond Veloz was driving around Chicago's South Side when he got in a minor accident. When Veloz got out of his car to inspect the damage and exchange information with the driver of the other car, a woman named Araceli Beas allegedly hit him with her vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Although Beas blamed the sun for blocking her vision, Veloz's family believes Facebook may have played a bigger role in the accident. According to the lawsuit, Beas updated her Facebook status from her cell phone at 7:54 a.m. -- the exact same time Veloz placed a call to 911. Veloz's daughter, Regina Cabrales, alleges that the woman irresponsibly drove "without keeping a proper and sufficient outlook," failed to slow down to avoid an accident, and drove while using an electronic device -- something that Illinois state law forbids.