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Digital Death? Facebook Feud Ends In Fatal Car Crash

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Alesha Abernathy, 21, of Pontiac, Michigan was killed and her passenger Danielle Booth, 20, also of Pontiac, is in critical condition after a fatal car crash Wednesday afternoon near Rapid Drive and Woodward Ave.

The accident stemmed from an ongoing dispute on Facebook when a 23-year-old Pontiac woman, with her 3-year-old daughter in the back seat, spotted Booth in Abernathy’s Ford Taurus, repeatedly ramming the car until Abernathy lost control and struck a dump truck, flipping onto its side. The 3-year-old daughter was unhurt and released to family.

Detective Paul McDougal was driving on Woodward when he saw the incident occur and quickly arrested the 23-year-old woman. Authorities say Booth had filed a complaint against the other driver on Tuesday claiming she was being harassed after an argument that began on Facebook. The details of the argument have not been released.

The 23-year-old is expected to be arraigned on Friday morning 9:30 a.m. according to the Pontiac police. She is expected to be charged with second-degree murder, assault with the intent to murder and child abuse according to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office arrest warrant. 

With Facebook recently reaching 500 million users, more and more online arguments will be brought offline with unknown consequences.

[Detroit Free Press

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  1. What on earth does this have to do with Facebook? Why is it important that it started online at all? If it had started at a laundromat, would you have posted an article about this one unfortunate encounter being a sign that clothes-washing arguments are on the rise? People have been getting pissed at each other online and taking it out in person for a couple decades now -- yes, even on BBSes and online services before the Internet became popular.
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