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
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
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.