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BC-TEXTING-CRASHES:LA - national itop (700 words),0731 Texters who distract drivers may share blame for crashes, court rules

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Los Angeles Times (MCT)

Can you be held responsible for a car crash that happens miles away because you texted the driver?

A New Jersey appeals court panel says yes - and its recent ruling is notable not just for trying to crack down on texting and driving, but for interpreting the way that technology has reshaped life.

On Sept. 21, 2009, Kyle Best, 18, crashed his pickup truck into a married couple riding a motorcycle after Best's truck crossed…

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