Controversial Court Case in the Death of 5-Year-Old Girl in Texas

The lawsuit maintains that Apple had the patent for a feature to "block users from using Facetime while driving" but it was not installed nor were users warned of the potential dangers.
1:24 | 01/02/17

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into the next week. Going to be a cold start to January. Cecilia? Thank you. And did facetime play a role in the death of a 5-year-old girl in Texas? Marci Gonzalez picks up the story from here. Reporter: Tonight, the family of this little girl filing a lawsuit against apple. Saying the video calling feature, facetime, is responsible for her death. Moriah Modisette died in this crash in Texas on Christmas eve in 2014. The lawsuit claiming the driver, Garrett Wilhelm, now charged with manslaughter, was using facetime on his iPhone when he hit the vehicle Modisette and her family were in. Attorneys alleging apple had a patent for a feature to block users from using facetime while driving yet never installed it. And never "Warned users" of the potential dangers. Facetime is not the only app under scrutiny right now. Many of may be wondering, what is the Snapchat speed filter? Reporter: In Philadelphia, three young women killed when their car slammed into a tractor-trailer and burst into flames. Family members believe Snapchat played a role in the crash. Snapchat telling ABC news they display a do not snap and drive warning in the app itself. Meanwhile, apple is not commenting stont -- tonight, and has not yet filed a legal response to the lawsuit. At the the time of the crash, there was no statewide law in Texas banning the use of cell phones while driving. Marci, thank you. Now, to the stunts pulled

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