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 March 13, 2011  Posted by  Court, Surveillance

Bill Sheets of The Herald reports:

Cleora Swirtz found out the hard way that there was a data-recording “black box” in her car.

In 2004, Swirtz, 21 at the time, had been in a coma for more than a month after her car ran into a tree on a wet roadway at night east of Marysville.

At some point after she finally regained consciousness, she learned that her boyfriend, Randall Frank, 17, had been killed in the accident.

“I was more or less in shock, I didn’t know what to say or think,” said Swirtz, of Marysville.

Several months after the crash, based partly on the information gleaned from the device in Swirtz’ car, she was charged in Snohomish County Superior Court with vehicular homicide. In 2007, that data helped convict her.

Read more in The Republic (Indiana)

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