Apple sued over fatal 'FaceTime crash'


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    The driver was allegedly using FaceTime at the time of the crash

    An American couple, whose daughter was killed by a driver allegedly using FaceTime on his iPhone, have launched a lawsuit against Apple.

    The lawsuit alleges that the firm should have introduced a feature that disabled use of the video-chat application while driving.

    It points to a patent for a such feature for drivers filed by Apple in 2008.

    The iPhone maker has not yet responded to requests for comment.

    The accident happened on a Texan road on Christmas Eve 2014. Five-year-old Moriah Modisette subsequently died.

    The lawsuit states that the parents – James and Bethany Modisette – were seeking damages for “the defendant’s wrongful failure to install and implement the safer, alternative design for which it sought a patent in December 2008”.

    The patent, which was issued by the US patent office in April 2014 aimed to lock out users while they were driving.

    The driver involved in the crash – Garrett Wilhelm – drove his SUV into the back of the Modisette family’s vehicle while travelling at high speeds.

    The lawsuit documents state that he told police he was using FaceTime at the time of the crash and that the application was still active when police found his phone at the scene.

    Mr Wilhelm is facing a jury trial on manslaughter charges in February.

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