Christina Jahnz of Elizabeth Colorado got a message from her daughter on Wednesday morning telling her that the girl had forgotten her saxophone, asking if she could drop it off at school on her way to work. Jahnz dropped the instrument off at her daughter’s school and then realizing that she was running late, decided to send a text message.
“I was running late for a business meeting, so I did a voice text. I looked down to make sure it was all right. The next thing I knew, I was looking up, there was white powder from the air bags deployed,” Jahnz told reporters.
Although she was only traveling at about 20 miles an hour in the school parking lot, that “glance” lasted long enough for her car to go off course and strike a guard rail. The supporting post of the guard rail penetrated the front of her car — continuing on through her upper thigh and exiting her buttock before lodging in the seat back behind her.
The Elizabeth fire rescue crew had to cut the post off at the front and behind Jahnz to free her from the vehicle before rushing her to the Parker Adventist Hospital where she underwent emergency surgery to remove the post from her buttock.
“I lost count of the stitches after 40. They stitched me up inside too. I’m truly a miracle. They said if it gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out,” Jahnz said.
Jahnz said that she has learned her lesson and that she will never make the mistake of texting while driving again. “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,” she said from her hospital bed.
Jahnz is one of the lucky ones. Released from the hospital Sunday night she will have to rely on help from a walker for a while, but she should make a full recovery. Many who text while driving never get a second chance, often taking others with them who were doing nothing wrong.
Watch a report on the accident below from USA Today.