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Woman Learns Painful Lesson About Texting And Driving

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A Colorado woman had a metal railing go through her buttocks when she crashed her vehicle into a guardrail because she was texting and driving.

Christina Jahnz hit a metal railing on Wednesday going about 20 mph while texting a friend. She said her eyes were off the road only a split second before she hit the rail.

"The next thing I knew, I was looking up, and there was white powder from the air bags deployed," she told KUSA.

A pole pierced through her thigh and backside. Firefighters had to saw off the front and back of the pole to transport Jahnz to Parker Adventist Hospital.

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"They said if it had gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out," she said.

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"I went into surgery and I lost count of the stitches after 40. They stitched me up inside too. I'm truly a miracle," she said.

Jahnz was released Sunday after four days in the hospital. She will have to use a walker temporarily, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Her message to other drivers: "It's devastating knowing that I could have prevented it to begin with. I just hope my story helps to save the lives of others. Don't text and drive.”

Sources: New York Daily News, KUSA

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