Girl Nearly Kills Herself and Others Using Snapchat Speed Filter

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Snapchat is a social media app which allows users to send pictures which allegedly “disappear” after a set amount of time. Alarmingly, it also contains a “speed filter,” which superimposes the speed being traveled over the image being taken.

You might be able to see where this is going.

In a September incident which just recently received national attention, 18-year old Christal McGee used the speed filter to record herself traveling at over 100 mph. Shortly afterward, she crashed into a car merging onto the highway. The Atlanta resident was driving her parents’ Mercedes-Benz at the time.

As a result, the couple in the car McGee struck are suing her, along with Snapchat, for damages. The suit claims that the husband, Wentworth Maynard, suffered brain damage in the accident. To make matters worse, McGee was transporting three people in her vehicle. It’s unknown whether they sustained serious injuries. Police called to the scene issued no citations.

Here’s Snapchat’s official response to the crash:

“No Snap is more important than someone’s safety. We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a ‘Do NOT Snap and Drive’ warning message in the app itself.”

In a mind-blowing display of self absorption, McGee actually posted a selfie after the accident. She was lying on an ambulance gurney with blood running down her face.

The caption? “Lucky to be alive.”

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[ via The New York Times ]

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