There are 500 million people using the social networking site, Facebook. 250 million of these users log in every day and more than 200 million have Facebook applications on their cell phones. Having both a personal Facebook account and Facebook page for Premier Law Group I understand how useful the site can be for keeping up with friends and clients. As a Bellevue personal injury attorney and Kent car crash lawyer I also understand how easily arguments can escalate over this fun and carefree platform and turn into a serious accident.
A woman has been sentenced for a Facebook argument that escalated into a fatal auto accident last July. 23-year-old Torrie Emery and 20-year-old Danielle Booth had corresponded through Facebook fighting over the affections of a man in prison. After the dispute, Emery spotted Booth riding passenger in a vehicle driven by Alesha Abernathy and decided to chase the two. Abernathy picked up speed in an attempt to avoid Emery, reaching speeds of 90 miles per hour. Emery struck Abernathy’s car several times and forced her to run a red light to flee at which time she struck a dump truck. The accident killed Abernathy and left Booth with serious permanent injury.
Emery was charged with Second Degree murder to which she plead no contest and received a prison sentence of 18-60 years.
It is very easy for disputes such as these to get out of hand and escalate especially when the argument starts over the internet where people show less restraint with what they say. If you have been the victim of a serious auto accident, click on the image below for a FREE copy of the book “The Truth About Washington Auto Accidents”. This book discusses what to do if you are involved in an auto accident, how to respond to insurance and whether or not you need to retain an attorney.