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Couple sues Apple after FaceTime was ‘involved’ in car crash killing daughter

A bereaved family is suing Apple after the death of their young daughter, who died in a car crash allegedly caused by a driver who was using FaceTime behind the wheel.

The family said the tech giant should have implemented software it patented in 2008 which would have prevented the app being used by a driver.

Five-year-old Moriah Modisette was travelling in the back of her parent’s car near Dallas in 2014 when it was hit at 65 mph by Garrett Willhelm, 22, who was using the Apple app while driving, police said.

She later died of her injuries and her parents, James and Bethany Modisette, and sister, Isabella, eight, were also hurt.

Officers at the scene found the FaceTime app still running after the crash. Mr Wilhelm is facing a manslaughter charge.

Now, the Modisettes have filed a lawsuit against Apple because of its “failure to install and implement the safer, alternative design for which it sought a patent in December 2008 … to ‘lock out’ the ability of drivers to utilise the ‘FaceTime’ application on the Apple iPhone when driving a motor vehicle, which resulted in the injuries sustained by plaintiffs,” according to Courthouse News.


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