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Distracted Orange County driver hits pedestrian while texting

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Connie Gray
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Last week, While our nation’s leaders were discussing the dangers of distracted driving, a Costa Mesa driver was ordered to stand trial for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.  The driver hit a woman in a cross walk only moments after texting on his cell phone.
Martha Ovalle was killed while crossing the street on a marked crosswalk in Newport Beach in August of last year.  Ms. Ovalle was a Guatemalan immigrant who worked as a nanny. She was hit by Martin Burt Kuehl, age 42.
Phone records show that Kuehl had been texting for at least 30 minutes before the accident. A witness to the accident said that the driver behind Kuehl had to honk to alert him to the green light.
Texting while driving is illegal in California and lawmakers are considering a nation-wide ban.  Texting and cell phone use are growing contributors to distracted driving.  Distracted driving is a factor in nearly 80 percent of traffic accidents and 12 percent of traffic fatalities.
When distracted drivers are on the road, no one is safe.  If you or someone you love has been injured or killed because of distracted driving, an experienced attorney can help.  The attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie specialize in car wrecks and pedestrian accidents.  Contact us at 949-752-7474 or toll free at 866-981-5596 for a free consultation.

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