Driving Cells Off The Freeway

Behind the wheel of his SUV, Frederick Poust III dialed his cell phone. As he hit "send," the 27-year-old blew through a stop sign in rural Hilltown Township, Pa., and slammed into the side of a Grand Cherokee. In the Cherokee's front seat, Patricia Pena turned to see her daughter Morgan, 2, bleeding from massive head wounds.

The next day, Nov. 3, 1999, Morgan died in the hospital; Pena watched her slip away. Poust received two minor traffic citations and later paid an undisclosed civil settlement. Pena went to bed and remained there for months. But her phone...

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