Tuesday 24 April 2018

Driver who took hands off the wheel to tie up bikini top cleared of charges in fatal crash

An American driver has been cleared of charges in a fatal crash after a court ruled she had faced "an unforeseen emergency" when one of her passengers untied her bikini top.

Brittany Lahm, 24, took her hands off the wheel to cover up while returning from a day at the beach in New York. Back seat passenger Brandon Berman, 19, who undid the bikini, was killed when the car hit a road barrier.

The case has been running since 2008 but a Brooklyn appeal court has now upheld the finding of an earlier jury, which said Ms Lahm's bikini top problem constituted "a sudden and unforeseen emergency not of her own making."

Ms Lahm declined to comment. Her lawyer said the ruling could be appealed to the state's highest court.

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