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Police Uncover What Mom Was Doing Seconds Before Crash

Authorities are investigating a terrible car crash that claimed the lives of three young girls. The driver, mother and aunt of the girls in the car, reportedly posted on Facebook with her cell phone just seconds before the deadly crash.

Kari Milberg, a mother from Wisconsin, was driving her children and her sister’s children down Wisconsin Highway 35 in December of 2013 when she lost control of the car. She plowed into an oncoming truck. Milberg and her 3-year-old son survived the crash. Her 11-year-old daughter, Lydia, 5-year-old niece, Clara and 4-year-old niece, Laynie, were all killed.

Milberg faced trial for the deadly crash and the defense argued that on the cold December day the roads were slippery, and he suggested the tires might have been too worn. The condition of the car, including the breaks and steering, were called into question. One of the truck drivers involved in the crash told the jury that it appears as though the mom lost control before crashing. He admitted there was snow on the road.

Ultimately, investigators have found evidence that points to the likelihood that it wasn't a problem with the car or the roads at all; the problem may have been that Milberg was driving while distracted. One investigator said that when he was still searching for clues four months after the accident, he found a cell phone near the location of the wreck. The last thing someone was doing on that phone was using Facebook.

“I was familiar with the chat messenger when it popped up. Couldn’t tell you any names or anything that was written, but it appears something was written in there,” said investigator Aaron Hansen.

Milberg had allegedly been messaging back and forth with someone named Jason McKenzie, who was later revealed to be an old childhood friend. The two had recently reconnected on Facebook and had planned to have lunch together. They were both joking about how nervous they were to see each other again.

McKenzie doesn't remember the text conversation. “I just heard there was an accident," he later said on the stand.

According to Facebook logs, the final exchange between McKenzie and Milberg happened just 19 seconds before the 911 call came in to report the accident.

A mechanic inspected the car after the accident and says that the vehicle didn't appear to be in bad shape. The breaks and steering wheel worked, and, while the tires were worn, he said they were still legal.

Milberg claims she doesn't remember anything at all about the accident.

The jury deliberated for only about two hours before acquitting the mother of all charges.

"I'm relieved, I'm breathing full breaths of air again. I love Clara, Lydia and Laynie with every fiber in my body," Milberg said in a statement.

Some have questioned the jury's decision, arguing that sympathy for the grieving mother came into play. The prosecuting attorney doesn't agree. "I respect the jury's verdict in this particular case. Regardless of the outcome, it doesn't change the fact that three children lost their lives in this crash."

Source: KTLA, ABC News
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