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Driver Charged In Deadly Crash Caused By Falling Laptop

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(credit: AP/File)

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WESTMINSTER (AP) — A driver whose falling computer sparked a crash that killed a 4-month-old girl in an Orange County crosswalk has been charged with vehicular manslaughter.

The Orange County Register says Robert Casares was charged with the misdemeanor on Thursday and faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

Prosecutors say Casares was driving across train tracks last September in Huntington Beach when the bumps made his laptop begin to slide out of its case on the passenger seat.

Prosecutors say he glanced down to secure the case and didn’t notice traffic had stopped. He hit a pickup, which hit an Australian family in a crosswalk. The baby, Ruby Gould, was hurled from her stroller and killed. The mother and an 11-year-old girl had broken bones.

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