Woman Live-Tweets Crash That Killed Her Husband
Caran Johnson was known locally for tweeting traffic coverage
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2013 7:00 AM CST
Updated Dec 7, 2013 4:49 PM CST

(Newser) – Beneath Caran Johnson's Twitter handle sits this now-eerie description: "Tweeting the crazy things that happen in the 'Couve." The Vancouver, Washington-area resident tweets as @ScanCouver, an account that KATU reports she uses in part to cover traffic alerts and 911 calls in the area. Wednesday afternoon started out no different, with Johnson retweeting a local paper's tweets about an accident on I-205. When the Columbian tweeted that a fatality was confirmed, the mother of two replied "omg that is so horrible!!!" then went on to admonish two cars that "went around officer blocking onramp to I205S. lame-o's!" (The Columbian reports that Johnson often listened in on emergency scanner traffic using a computer app, and had been listening to scanners since college.)

But minutes later, her tweets turned highly personal and incredibly painful. Select tweets:

  • I'm trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home. he's not answering his phone.
  • and he's late.
  • @Col_cops @wspd5pio do you have descriptions of involved vehicles?
  • I just called his work and he was feeling faint when he left work. #panic
  • i just called 911 and they transferred me after I gave them his license number and told me that they will call me back. wtf?
  • and now my kids are home from school...
  • He's the one I go to for things like this...
  • it's him. he died
The Columbian reports that Craig Johnson's Hyundai crossed a grassy median and hit a pick-up head-on. The driver of that car is hospitalized in satisfactory condition. Police are still investigating the cause. A fund has been set up for the family here. (It's been a tough week for crashes: An HGTV host died in a motorcycle accident on Monday.)

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Dec 8, 2013 1:14 AM CST
Is this a plug for Twatter?
Bundy714
Dec 7, 2013 10:42 PM CST
I've got an idea, just for a change of pace.....Lets all be judgmental! Should he have been driving? Should she have continued tweeting? Should the police have told her over the phone or in person? Did Obamacare have anything to do with this tragedy? Isn't it fun to be opinionated and judgmental of others? /End Sarcastic Rant
drlarrymitchell
Dec 7, 2013 6:09 PM CST
#f-cked-up