Snapchat is great, that we can all agree on. But the thing about any human invention is that when handed over to stupid people, it is a recipe for disaster, and the Speedometer filter is one such example that has led to numerous Snapchat accidents.
The most recent one in the stream of exceedingly tragic outcomes of foolish decisions happens to be Mr. Ricafort Gamboa, who felt the need to register a ‘100’ on the Speedometer. Mr. Gamboa ended up being the latest addition to the list of Snapchat accidents by daft people who caused reckless damage to themselves, and others due to his callous attitude towards safety.
Ricafort Gamboa drove his car into a cottage trying to get to 100mph, and escaped with his life, although the same cannot be said about one of his friends who lost his life, and two others who were injured.
This is not the first time that the Speedometer filter has led to an accident.
Just take a look at how many collisions, injuries, deaths and damage these buffoons have caused in the past.
Pablo Cortes III crashed his Volkswagen Golf on a highway at 115.6mph when he crashed into a minivan driven by Marianela Murillo, who was travelling with her kids and their friend.
Pablo’s irresponsible actions resulted in him losing his life along with his co passenger, Jolie Bartolome along with Marianela Murillo and two of her young children. A death toll of five, with three people injured, including Marianela’s eldest daughter, 18 year old Lina Bernal, her friend 15 year old, Luisa Louisa, and the driver of another car, Carla Marie Wyman was the outcome of Pablo Cortes III’s actions.
Similarly, Christal McGee drove her father’s Mercedes at 107mph into Maynard Wentworth’s vehicle, who suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized for months. This incident occurred in September 2015, and in April 2016, Wentworth decided to sue both McGee and Snapchat, claiming that the accident has left him with permanent brain damage.
The need to document one’s lives on social networking platforms has resulted in innumerable accidents, injuries and in worst cases, loss of lives.
Just this year, three young women lost their lives, with one of their friends lucky enough to escape alive when they crashed their car into a telephone pole after a night of drunken revelry. Paige Smith, Bianca Herwig and Heather Camisa lost their lives and Brooke Molnar survived the accident that took place in Pennsylvania, USA.
Malon. B. Neal too wished to impress his friends by recording himself cruising at high speeds on the Snapchat Speedometer, and fortunately enough, was arrested before he could harm himself or others. Malon confessed to driving at 112mph for a Snapchat video and had his car impounded, and was charged with reckless driving.
The Snapchat Speedometer is not always the accomplice, although the need to impress knowns and unknowns on social media is a common one.
Earlier this year, one of the most horrific accidents took place as two sisters and a friend travelling together met with an accident as the one driving thought it was a good idea to livestream their journey while driving at a high speed. Obdulia Sanchez, the driver, crashed her car, killing her 14 year old sister and critically injuring their friend.
We hear these bizarre stories of people endangering their lives simply to capture pictures and videos that may fetch some likes or impress their followers and friends, but is it really worth it?
Injury and death in the pursuit of a perfect Snap or selfie? No it isn’t.
If you know someone who feels the need to test their good fortune with such activities, please, try to make them understand the implications of indulging in such hazardous acts. Stay connected, but stay safe.