Woman's Buttocks Impaled When Texting While Driving

Christina Jahnz says she just checked phone for a split second
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2014 2:09 PM CDT
Woman's Buttocks Impaled When Texting While Driving

Ouch, and double ouch: A woman says she was texting while driving when she struck a pole that pierced her truck and ran through her buttocks and thigh, USA Today reports. Christina Jahnz says she had just dropped off her daughter's saxophone at a middle school in Elizabeth, Colo., when she voice-texted and looked down to double-check it. That's when she hit the guard rail at 20mph. "The next thing I knew, I was looking up, there was white powder from the air bags deployed," Jahnz says. As for the pole, an estimated 4 inches in diameter, "I could feel it in there," she says, according to ABC 10.

Firefighters had to saw off both ends of the pole to get her out of the truck. Rushed to Parker Adventist Hospital, Jahnz "lost count of the stitches after 40," she says. "They stitched me up inside too. I'm truly a miracle. They said if it gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out." Released Sunday after a four-day stay, she's getting around with a walker and is expected to recover. "I just hope my story helps to save the lives of others," says Jahnz. "Don't text and drive." (Looks like the first text to 911 came from ... a driver.)

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