Distracted Driver Charged in Crash that Killed Baby
Prosecutors say the driver looked down to catch a falling laptop when he triggered the deadly collision.
Ruby Rose Gould was thrown from her stroller and killed. (OC Register)
Robert Casares, 50, was charged with the misdemeanor on Thursday and faces up to a year in jail if convicted, The Orange County Register is reporting.
According to prosecutors, Casares was driving across train tracks in Huntington Beach last September when the bumps caused his laptop to begin sliding out of its case on the passenger seat.
When he glanced down to secure the computer, he didn't notice traffic had stopped.
He struck a pickup which then hit an Australian family in a crosswalk.
The baby, Ruby Rose Gould, was tossed out of her stroller and killed.
Her mother, Renee, and an 11-year-old girl suffered broken bones.
The Goulds had been visiting family in Orange County at the time of the accident.