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Girl Livestreams Fatal Car Accident

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A woman in the Czech Republic inadvertently livestreamed her own death as she opened Facebook Live to record what ended up being a deadly car accident.

Nikol Barabasova, 22, was a passenger in a vehicle driving along a highway in Obrnice, Czech Republic. Barabasova's friend, who was not named, was driving the car while Barabasova livestreamed the two of them, according to The Sun.

During the video, the friend and Barabasova look into the camera, giggling and joking around as they drive along the highway. At some point during the drive, the friend appears to lose control of the vehicle as she hits a barrier. She then tries to wrestle control of the car after it hits the barrier, but to no avail.

Barabasova and her friend are thrown forward against the dashboard as the car flips over, finally coming to a rest with neither girl moving or responding.

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The livestream quickly goes silent except for the sound of the windshield wipers scraping across the windshield. A man's voice can be heard in the background, asking if the two girls are OK and if they need help.

The livestream continued for about 20 more minutes until emergency personnel arrived at the scene and shut it off.

Barabasova was pronounced dead at the scene while the friend was taken to a local hospital with severe head trauma. She remains in critical condition.

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Commenters on the story were quick to point out that the driver should not have been paying so much attention to the camera but rather the road.

"The driver was paying absolutely no attention to the road whatsoever," noted one commenter. "Even if the cause of the accident wasn't her fault it seems like her reaction time would have been impaired by interacting with the recording."

Another commenter questioned the speed of the vehicle before the crash, noting that it looked like the girls were going way too fast. Local officials believed the vehicle was traveling approximately 75 miles per hour at the time of the accident, reports the Daily Mail.

Many comments from those who watched the video included warnings about the dangers of interacting with social media, particularly while driving.

"This unfortunately is what happens when youngsters are distracted by their friends," explained one reader on The Sun's website. "In any country."

Local authorities could not confirm the identity or the age of the driver, or where Barabasova and the friend were going before the crash.

Sources: The Sun, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Novica Nakov/Flickr, Facebook via Daily Mail

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