Fatal Pedestrian Accident Caused by Distracted Driving Accident
A Monmouth County jury convicted Alexandra Mansonet, 50, on Friday, November 22, 2019 for the vehicular homicide of Yuwen Wang, 39.
Driver Arrested Following Fatal Collision
Wang was crossing the road while taking a walk during a short break from work. Wang was struck by a vehicle that had been rear-ended by Mansonet. Mansonet was following a vehicle while heading southbound on Laurel Avenue in Hazlet, NJ on September 28, 2016. Mansonet failed to come to a stop while the vehicle in front of her was stopped, rear-ending that vehicle and sending it into an impact with Wang, who later died from her injuries at a local hospital.
State Alleges Driver Was Texting Behind the Wheel
Monmouth County prosecutors charged Mansonet with vehicular homicide, alleging that she was texting on her cell phone in the moments prior to the crash. Specifically, prosecutors argued that Mansonet was distracted by a text from a family member asking about dinner plans. Prosecutors alleged that Mansonet never hit her brakes before impacting the vehicle in front of her.
Mansonet testified in her own defense, denying that she was responding to text messages; she claimed that she had read the message before leaving for work. Instead, Mansonet testified that she was turning off her windshield wipers and turning on the front defroster when she looked up, too late to stop and avoid impacting the vehicle in front of her. Mansonset later allowed investigators to examine her cell phone.
Jury Convicts Driver on Vehicular Homicide Charge
The jury ultimately returned a verdict finding Mansonet guilty of vehicular homicide arising from Wang’s death. Mansonet now faces up to 10 years’ incarceration for her conviction.
In addition, the jury’s verdict in this case should also reinforce the fact that drivers can be held responsible for their conduct when they choose to text and drive. If texting behind the wheel is a basis to impose criminal liability when it causes an accident resulting in serious or fatal injuries, it should also serve as a legal basis to find a driver negligent in a civil personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit arising from an accident.
If you or a loved one have been seriously harmed in a motor vehicle accident that you believed was caused by a driver who was texting behind the wheel, it is critical that you retain the services of an experienced attorney. It may be possible to recover evidence that the driver was using his or her cell phone in the moments before an accident, including text or call logs or mobile application use logs. When you are able to prove that the other driver in your accident was using his or her phone, it can serve as strong evidence of the driver’s negligence in a personal injury or wrongful death action arising from a motor vehicle accident.
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