Globally, the cell phone has become a modern convenience owned by a huge chunk of the world's population. In 2011 more smartphones were purchased than were personal computers, according to reports. But it seems that cell phones are even smarter than we may give them credit for.
Recently in Deland, FL two teens were stuck on Spring Garden Avenue at about 8:40 in the evening. When the suspect's car was found after the accident, she and her boyfriend attempted to lie about her whereabouts the day the Toyota Corolla hit the teen girls. One of them, 14-year-old Juliana Hobbs was killed and her friend, Rachel Russell was injured.
Danielle Halverson was allegedly the driver of that 2004 Corolla. Halverson's boyfriend, James Hugh Hanna III, claimed she had been at his home on the day of the crash. Enter the cellphone.
Authorities were able to track her movement by GPS coordinates from her cellphone, which showed she never left her home in DeLand between the evening of March 17th (the day of the accident) and the morning of March 19th. So what if she went somewhere and left her phone behind in her home? Hanna had also told investigators that Halverson "never goes anywhere without her cellular phone."
So it seems that what we take as a modern convenience is also part detective. As it turns out, cell phones are increasingly being depended upon for tracking criminal activity. It's beginning to fall into the same ranks as fingerprints and DNA. The signal put out by cellular technology is allowing authorities to pinpoint a user's location with great accuracy, helping to prove a suspect's whereabouts during a crime. Imagine what Sherlock Holmes could do with that!