It’s stories like this that make us wonder “what is WRONG with the world?!” 19-year-old Christal allegedly decided to endanger multiple lives while trying to impress the internet. Yes, you read that right.
She was driving and had two friends in the car when she allegedly decided to take a picture using the mobile phone app called Snapchat. The app has a filter that tracks how fast you are going and displays the number in large print across the picture. Christal wanted to take a picture of herself going 100 miles per hour in order to impress her friends.
I’m just gonna hit 100 and then I’m gonna slow down.” Her friend claimed Christal said in an interview with ABCNews.
What she didn’t plan on was hitting another driver in the process. She continued to “snap” pictures from her hospital bed with the caption “lucky to be alive.”
The man that she hit was in a coma for weeks and now suffers from permanent brain damage. Her attorneys claim it wasn’t her fault.
Her charges? Reckless driving and causing serious injury by vehicle. The family is suing the teen and the app for negligence and hardship.
Snapchat had this to say about the incident:
We actively discourage our community from using speed filter while driving, including by displaying a ‘Do NOT Snap and Drive’ warning message.”
But what did they expect when they added a filter that tracked the user’s speed? Hundreds of teens use the app’s filter to show their speed, and the company knows this. Adding a disclaimer won’t stop young and reckless kids from using it for this purpose.
Snapchat contended that activity logs show the teen was not using the app at the time of the crash, or immediately before the collision. The attorneys will review the case carefully, and the court will make the ultimate decision.
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