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Updated Oct 30, 2013 - 6:35 am

Arizona ruling upholds use of texts in car accident case

PHOENIX — 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.

The Court of Appeals’ ruling Tuesday upheld Salamanca’s convictions for
manslaughter and other crimes.

Another driver died in a head-on collision when Roberto Alejandro Salamanca
lost control of his vehicle after an angry Salamanca texted twice to his
girlfriend.

Salamanca sent one text about a minute before someone 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.

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