Sep 2, 2014 12:37 AM by Rebecca Taylor

Colorado woman hospitalized after texting while driving

Teens are not the only ones affected by the dangers of texting and driving.

A Colorado woman was hospitalized for four days after she hit a guardrail pole while texting.

Christina Jahnz from Elizabeth, Co. began texting a friend as she drove away from her daughter's school and hit a guardrail. The pole impaled her truck, piercing her thigh and buttock as it went into the driver seat.

Firefighters had to saw off the front and back of the pole to get Jahnz out.

Seeing the photo's of Jahnz's injuries reminded Tucson driver's of the dangers of texting while driving.

"I mean, we shouldn't text and drive. We all do it once and a while, yes but we all shouldn't. We should put the phone away," said Rob Eagar, a Tucson driver.

A new campaign called "It Can Wait" aims to stop texting while driving and is gaining support from celebrities, like Demi Lovato, to help encourage everyone to take the pledge.

"#X is an easy way to tell everyone that I'm about to get behind the wheel. Use #X to pause the conversation," said Lovato.

There's also a new app that prevents incoming and outgoing texts and calls.

Jahnz is home from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

"I'm truly a miracle. They said if it had gone just a little bit the other way, I could have bled out," said Jahnz.


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