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Ms. Ruckelshaus denied reaching in for the keys. “I said, ‘I don’t want your cellphone. … I want you to turn your car off,’ ” she testified.

Ms. Ruckelshaus followed Miss Locane-Bovenizer for about four miles, with both going about the speed limit of 35 mph for most of the way until a car in front of them moved out of the way and Miss Locane-Bovenizer accelerated to more than 50 mph just prior to the crash, according to evidence presented at the trial.