2 hurt by text-messaging driver settle lawsuit

A couple who each lost a leg when their motorcycle was struck by a teenager who was driving and texting in New Jersey have settled

MORRISTOWN - A couple who each lost a leg when their motorcycle was struck by a teenager who was driving and texting in New Jersey have settled their lawsuit against him for $500,000.

An attorney for David and Linda Kubert reportedly said the settlement amount equals the maximum driver Kyle Best's insurance would cover.

The attorney says the couple still plans to appeal a judge's ruling Best's girlfriend can't be held liable for the 2009 wreck in Mine Hill even though she sent him the text message to which he was responding. The girlfriend testified she didn't know Best was driving.

Best pleaded guilty to distracted driving. He was ordered to speak to high schools about the dangers of texting and driving and paid $775 in fines.

Judge: Texter is not liable for boyfriend's crash Injured couple wants tougher penalties for distracted driversAP wire services contributed to this report.

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