The trial has all the ingredients needed to garner a nation’s interest: a young female driver, a speeding Mercedes, a dark, rain-slicked highway, a carelessly wielded telephone, a potentially dangerous social media app, and a hard-working man left permanently disabled.
The lawsuit against Snapchat as well as motorist Christal McGee by?Wentworth?Maynard, the driver of the Mitsubishi Outlander rear-ended by McGee’s C230 outside of Atlanta final September, alleges the social media app’s pace filter played a job in the collision.
McGee was going 107 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone when she strike?Maynard, driving fast so she?could publish a selfie stating the woman’s current speed via Snapchat’s?“miles per hour” filter, the complainant’utes lawyer alleges.
The trip ended in tragedy, with Uber driver Maynard left with a traumatic injury to the brain that turned their life upside down. McGee posted a selfie of himself lying on a traction following the collision.
Infuriating and outrageous, yes. If the allegations are accurate.
Terrible crashes happen every day, so the initial burst open of reporting turned from the lawsuit itself. A social media app being sued for carelessness? This is hot stuff.
The facts emerging through?the case, however, are sparse.
McGee didn’t really send a Snapchat selfie which stated her speed. The only Snapchat documentation of the crash is McGee’utes selfie from the stretcher. Press reports paint an image of McGee attempting to go as fast as she could behind the wheel, hitting 113 miles per hour at one point, but they’re drawn from an argument by the complainant’s attorney,?Michael L. Neff.
The law enforcement investigation is ongoing. The wet sidewalk didn’t allow for analysis of either vehicle’utes speed, but it’utes clear the devastating impact required a very higher rate of pace. The police who taken care of immediately the crash don’t know how Snapchat made it’s way into the case, because they never mentioned this.
Snapchat has since additional a pop-up warning to the speed filter to discourage people from using this while behind the wheel. Putting cynicism to use, it’s easy to see how the app could become the target of a selection of litigants.
A Georgia Cbs television studios affiliate?took another look at the case, and found a witness who had been in McGee’s vehicle at the time of the crash who says the events that evening didn’t transpire the way the lawyer claims.
Henry Williams, who claims to no longer be in contact with McGee, told CBS46?that he was in the passenger seat next to McGee at the time of the crash, and said that no phones or Snapchat apps were being used.
Williams claims that Maynard’s Mitsubishi pulled out in front of the vehicle, but didn’t accelerate. Though he can’capital t accurately recall the speed of the Mercedes, he said he doubts it was 113 mph.
So, what truly happened on that rainy highway? Hopefully, the facts will come out throughout the trial by jury requested by the complainant’utes attorneys.