Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez said Kuehl's cell records showed that between 7:58 a.m. and 8:27 a.m. that day, he sent four text messages and received three. He received a text message at 8:25 a.m. and sent a reply two minutes later, right before 911 calls started pouring in about the accident at 8:31 a.m., Baez said.
Just before the accident, Kuehl idled at a green light for 10 seconds before a driver behind him honked, Baez said. Kuehl took a too-wide left turn onto Westcliff and then drifted back to the left lane before striking Ovalle, Baez said.
Kuehl will be sentenced on March 12. His attorney is already planning to appeal.
City News Service contributed to this story.