Ruling upholds use of texts in Arizona accident case
PHOENIX (AP) -
The state Court of Appeals has ruled that it was proper that a jury was told about a man sending texts right before a fatal accident in Flagstaff.
Another driver died in a head-on collision when Roberto Alejandro Salamanca lost control of his vehicle after Salamanca angrily texted twice to his girlfriend.
Salamanca sent one text about a minute before somebody else made a 911 call right after the accident. The appeals court said the jury could conclude that sending that text could have caused the accident.
The other text was sent about a minute earlier. The ruling said that text demonstrated that Salamanca was distracted and angry just before he lost control of his vehicle.
The Court of Appeals' ruling Tuesday upheld Salamanca's convictions for manslaughter and other crimes.
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