ELIZABETH, Colo. – Many of us are guilty of looking at our phones while driving.
But, after a horrific accident, one Colorado woman says she has learned a lesson she will never forget.
Christina Jahnz says she was running late for a meeting and wanted to give her friend a heads up that she would be late.
“I did the voice text and I was in the parking lot and I looked down to make sure it was okay,” Jahnz said.
In a split second, Jahnz had slammed into a guard rail pole.
“The next thing I knew, I was looking up there was white powder from the air bags deployed,” she said.
The pole went through the front light of her truck, piercing her in the buttocks and continuing through the seat behind her.
“They had to cut up there and they had to cut behind me because the pipe went through my seat. I could feel it the vibrations and stuff,” Jahnz said.
Local firefighters were able to get her out of the car and she was rushed to a local hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.
“I’m truly a miracle. They said if it gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out,” she said.
According to KUSA, Jahnz says even though she was going 20 miles per hour and only looked down for a split second, she has learned a lesson she will never forget.
“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,” Jahnz said.
Jahnz was released after a four day stay in the hospital.
She will be able to walk with the help of a walker and doctors expect her to make a full recovery.