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Washington State Woman Live Tweets Husband's Fatal Crash

A Vancouver woman who discussed a horrific car crash in her hometown on Twitter had no idea she was live tweeting her husband's death.

On Wednesday afternoon The Columbian reported a car crash in the southbound lane of Interstate 205. Caran Johnson, a fan of both Twitter and police scanners who regularly posts traffic updates under the user name @ScanCouver, responded to tweets about the accident.

"i hate that section of I205 S. too many ramps, speeders and too few lanes" she wrote.

She continued to interact with police through the social media site throughout the day. Police eventually confirmed one death. Johnson began to worry about her husband Craig.

"I'm trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home. he's not answering his phone."

"and he's late."

As the afternoon wore on her tweets became frantic. Two hours after her initial tweet, two officers knocked on her door and broke the news.

"it's him. he died" she wrote.

The Columbian reported Craig's Hyundai crossed a grassy median and collided head-on with a Toyota pickup truck. The driver of the pickup is being treated at a local hospital. The police investigation into the crash is ongoing.



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      nordengto
      • 1 Year Ago
      in our prayers
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is so heartbreaking.. my deepest condolences to the wife and the family of this poor man .. RIP
      • 1 Year Ago
      I regret her loss but cell phone use and texting while driving is more responsible for these tragedies than people realize.
      East Coast Video
      • 1 Year Ago
      She really didn't need to tell all her Followers "it's him. he died" Sounds like her tweeting may be more important to her than her husband's death. Pathetic.
        lowbug
        • 1 Year Ago
        @East Coast Video
        It's cold for me to say but this is her claim to fame and getting all the "omg I"m so sorry" on her page. When my husband died, well, there was none of this going on the internet 8 years ago, but just making the dinged call to mom 2 states away was gut wrenching. I made the ER crew place the calls to his family because I had lost my mind. When I got home 6 hours later from the hospital, I curled up in a ball and cried myself to sleep. I don't see how she had the frame of mind to put her fingers on the correct keys and type, for gosh sakes
        parksle2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @East Coast Video
        You are right I see these social networks a serious ill of our society along with the availability of scanners. I have a cousin that listens in on neighbors wireless phones. Yes your phone conversations can be picked up on scanners.
        dianakitch
        • 1 Year Ago
        @East Coast Video
        HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU GET OFF JUDGING THIS WOMAN?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @East Coast Video
        What an absolutely moronic post... apparently "eastcoastwhatever" you have not spent much time near those in shock and mourn... (precisely why the "east coast" is delusional, self-absorbed and sophomoric... people grieve in individual forms... please do society a favor and refrain from procreation.... (that means have babies)...
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is reported "he swerved for some unknown reason into oncoming traffic." He was probably paying attention to his smartphone in lieu of the road. If this proves to be the case, I'm glad to hear he only killed himself.
        wassup
        • 1 Year Ago
        you're "glad" he only killed himself... wow, if the same happened to you, would you want others to feel that way. have some compassion for the loss of life and for the sorrow this woman must be going thru right now before you post anymore insensitivity.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @wassup
          I agree with you to a point. But again my husband has seizures now and you are TOLD by EVERYONE in the medical field DO NOT DRIVE, YOU MAY KILL SOMEONE!!! Clearly this man was driving to & from work everyday KNOWING he could have a seizure at any time, and his wife knew it to! I have more sympathy for the people he left injured. I have never said that on any of these site's. But as someone who is now dealing with this issue, it makes me angry!
        max13722
        • 1 Year Ago
        It's funny how people comment on an article without knowing all the facts. He left work early because he wasn't feeling well, it' also known that he had an epileptic condition which the police believe is was contributed to the crash. The fact that you're glad anyone at all was killed says a lot.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @max13722
          Let me say this. I have printed the story and posted it on our frig. So next time my husband wants to get behind the wheel, he can be reminded of why ALL those medical doctors tell people who have "Epileptic Conditions", DO NOT DRIVE! You may not be so sympathetic if it was your family he hit, knowing he should not be driving.
      hammettwa
      • 1 Year Ago
      People make comments here without even knowing the facts: Fact #1 She was NOT texting her husband. Fact#2 He was NOT texting while driving. Fact#3 - He left work early that day from not feeling well. So..this accident is probably caused by a medical condition! So alot of the idiots posting comments here - owe this lady a big I'm Sorry.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hammettwa
        She KNEW her husband was having seizures and watched him drive off to work everyday!! I owe no one an apology! My husband is 59yrs old and last month he had his 1st seizure. If you think he's driving himself ANYWHERE you are crazy! God forbid he could wipe out someone's children/Grandchildren, parent's ect! Here in Florida if you have a seizure you must go 6 months seizure free before you can drive again. They have not yet pulled my husband's license, but that's okay because I pulled it for him!
          • 1 Year Ago
          Good for you!
        propickup
        • 1 Year Ago
        @hammettwa
        you better read the other articles. this has happened before. he has a history of seizures and she knew it. so did the police. they worked with her on this type of issue in the past. and all she can say IT"S HIM HE DIED. she needs to be sued for letting him drive knowing he has them often and he could harm himself or others LIKE NOW.
          hammettwa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @propickup
          I read the other articles - PLUS I actually live in the city where this happened. So bottom line to my comment - Neither was texting each other that caused this accident. If he was aware of his medical condition that he should not have been driving, but that is his fault.
      • 1 Year Ago
      People are so cruel and judgmental. It seems the world is becoming such an ugly place because people lack compassion for one another. I bet most of those making comments claim to be hard working religious citizens. I suggest before you make accusations against others that you take a good look at your own lives and think about your own imperfections.
        killjoy
        • 1 Year Ago
        I'm not perfect, and I'm certain no one is. ...Now that I've admitted were all merely human beings, may I kindly be once again permitted to express my opinions on human behavior? You seem to be implying "one must be perfect, before one is permitted to discuss perceived flaws in others". I disagree, obviously. Instead enforcing the preservation of everyone's psychological fragility, how about simply permitting honest discussions? And I promise not to pretend I'm flawless, nor to knee-jerkedly cite people's religion, when/if the discussions turns toward my personal weaknesses.
        slloyd414
        • 1 Year Ago
        I would agree, but you are being equally judgmental.
      Ginny
      • 1 Year Ago
      That would be SO awful.
      propickup
      • 1 Year Ago
      she said that he had seizures in a article I read on this before and that the police had been working with her on this before. What I want to know is why he was driving if she knew he had these and was getting them more an more frequent? she should have not let him drive. she tweeted he had this condition and was concerned every time he was late getting home or went out, but not concerned enough to make him stop driving. I'm more concerned about the driver of the other car. He was a danger to himself and others and she knew it. Now he's dead and another person is injured. All she said it was him he died. She should be sued for letting him get behind the wheel and so should the police they had known of this.
        J's Damsel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @propickup
        Wasn't her husband a grown man? Didn't he make the choice to continue driving? The injured woman should sue his estate. What I don't understand, is why the wife would tweet about him being dead immediately after she found out. A abominable lack of concern there, especially since she made no effort to convince him to stop driving.
          Rach
          • 1 Year Ago
          @J's Damsel
          How do you know that she didn't try. Also I believe it goes by State, the legalities of driving with seizure condition if it is controlled by medication
        • 1 Year Ago
        @propickup
        Since you are the judge, jury and executioner, have you found a very tall tree and some rope yet?
      connimit
      • 1 Year Ago
      ssc8080....You are a cruel and ignorant person!!!
      luvthemducks
      • 1 Year Ago
      Boy that's one sad story.
      Mikerrr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do people even use Twitter? I just don't get it.
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