Woman cleared of fatal crash after male passenger 'untied' bikini top

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A young female motorist from Manhattan, New York has been cleared of dangerous driving charges after crashing her car and killing a passenger following an incident that saw her bikini top 'playfully untied' while behind the wheel.

Brittany Lahm, 24, was driving at 65mph on the New York State Thruway when her male passenger, Brandon Berman, 19, 'playfully untied' her bathing suit top as they returned home from a day at the beach.

Miss Lahm 'momentarily' removed her hands from the wheel in an attempt to cover up her modesty but the Lexus she was piloting veered off the road, smashed into the central reservation and flipped multiple times in the air.

Mr Berman, from New City, New York, was a rear-seat passenger at the time and the force of the crash partially ejected him from the vehicle, causing him to suffer massive head trauma.

The case was brought to the courts by Jason Pelletier of Suffern, New York, a second passenger who attempted to sue Miss Lahm for damages after the injuries he suffered as the result of the crash allegedly cut short his promising football career.

According to The Daily Mail, his lawyers argued that Miss Lahm should have pulled over to adjust her top, saying: "(the defendant) should have slowed her vehicle down, kept both hands on the wheel, and pulled off of the highway, before attempting to re-tie her bathing suit, and the mere fact that she may have been embarrassed by the exposure of her breasts to the passengers in the car does not excuse her failure to do so."

But, according to The New York Daily News, the Rockland County jury concluded that Miss Lahm's bikini problem was, "a sudden and unforeseen emergency not of her own making."