Texas Family Blames Apple’s FaceTime In Suit Over Fatal Crash

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A Texas couple whose 5-year-old daughter died in a crash involving a driver who was allegedly using Apple’s FaceTime video chatting app is suing the tech company.

The lawsuit filed this month in Santa Clara Superior Court accuses Apple of not implementing iPhone features that would automatically disable FaceTime based on technology that calculates highway speeds.

Apple hasn’t responded to the lawsuit and didn’t immediately respond to an email Saturday seeking comment.

Moriah Modisette was killed in a 2014 Christmas Eve accident near Dallas. The lawsuit obtained by California television KTLA claims police found FaceTime running on the iPhone of the driver who struck the Modisette family at 65 mph.

The family claims Apple knew the risks of using FaceTime while driving because the company patented “lock-out” technology in 2008.

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One Comment

  1. Debra Valdez says:

    This is just ridiculous. It is terrible that they lost their daughter but you can’t blame a technology company for something someone utilizing their product did. Thats like suing HP, Asus, Acer, Apple, Microsoft and so on for a pedophile using their products to go on line and search out children. Or a knife manufacturer for someone using their knife to stab someone else. On top of that, if we put locks on phones so they were inoperable at high speeds that would disable a passengers ability to use theirs as well. In a cab? No text or looking up information. Just got kidnapped and thrown in a trunk? Well I guess you’re out of luck.

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