NJ Woman Accused of Deadly Text While Driving Uses the Dinner Uncertainty Defense

It's believed to be New Jersey's first texting-while-driving vehicular homicide case

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What to Know

  • Alexandra Mansonet testified she was looking down to turn on her rear defogger and looked up when she rear-ended a car that hit a pedestrian
  • The person died five days after the crash in Hazlet in 2016; it's believed to be NJ's first texting-while-driving vehicular homicide case
  • Closing arguments are expected Tuesday

The driver in what is believed to be New Jersey’s first texting-while-driving vehicular homicide case denies responding to a message when police say she caused a crash that left a pedestrian dead. 

Alexandra Mansonet on Monday testified she was looking down to turn on her rear defogger and looked up when she rear-ended a car in Hazlet that struck a pedestrian who died five days later in September 2016. 

Mansonet said she had read a message about dinner plans from her former sister-in-law that said “Cuban, American, Mexican, pick one” in front of her house. She said she didn’t answer because she hadn’t made up her mind. 

Under cross-examination, a prosecutor questioned why the letters ”M” and “e” were typed but never sent. 

Closing arguments are expected Tuesday.

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