There's been a lot of exposure for Jahnz over the last few hours, in more ways than one. Details, photos, a video and even a meme below.9News, she dropped off her daughter's saxophone at Elizabeth Middle School this past Wednesday morning, then sent a voice text to a friend as she drove away at around twenty miles per hour. But when looking at the phone to make sure the message had translated properly, she crashed her truck, with a guardrail pole bursting into the passenger compartment -- and through her buttocks. Firefighters had to saw off the pole on either side of her in order to extract her from the vehicle, Jahnz revealed. She was then rushed to nearby Parker Adventist Hospital, where the pole was removed and she was sewn back together. After forty stitches, she tells the station, she lost count. A heavily pixilated photo of Jahnz with the pole still in her body is included in 9News coverage, but the image obtained by 7News is larger and clearer. Here's a larger look at the cropped version seen above. If your first thought upon hearing about the incident was, "This story is a natural for Buzzfeed," well, you were right: From there, plenty of other outlets picked up the tale, as it were, with the British Daily Star giving it a U.K. tabloid-friendly spin via the headline "GRAPHIC CONTENT: Woman impaled through her BUM after texting while driving."
In addition, Jahnz inspired the following meme:
Best wishes to the family of Christina Jahnz. Get well soon, Christina. It helps if you try to laugh... pic.twitter.com/WcIzkGmi7U— Joe Cassara (@EightBitJoe) September 2, 2014
Actually, laughter may hurt Jahnz at this point. She was hospitalized for four days after the accident, and although she's expected to make a complete recovery, she'll need quite a bit of time to heal and is currently using a walker to get around.
Nonetheless, she deserves credit for setting aside modesty and privacy concerns in order to pass along the lesson she's learned. She puts it simply: "Don't text and drive."
Here's the 9News report:
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