Snapchat captures last moments before crash that killed 5
A woman filmed a Snapchat video showing her boyfriend reaching speeds of over 115 mph seconds before reportedly jumped a median and crashed into a minivan. The couple was killed in the crash along three people in the other vehicle, two of them children.
Jolie Bartolome, 19, was traveling with her boyfriend 22-year-old Pablo Cortes, III, in a Volkswagen Golf that caused the crash in Tampa, Florida last week. Moments before the incident, Bartolome captured two Snapchat videos using the app's speed filter. In both videos, the app showed their car traveling well over the 50 mph speed limit, CBS affiliate 10 News reported.
Snapchat's speed filter acts like a speedometer, allowing users to place text over their videos showing how fast they are traveling, and share the video with friends. In one video, Bartolome's Snap showed the vehicle was traveling at 82.6 mph. The second showed a speed of 115.6 mph, more than twice the speed limit on the road where the crash occurred. Both videos were first obtained by ABC affiliate WFTS-TV.
Bartolome and Cortes died in the crash on E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Wednesday, October 26, when their vehicle hopped a road median and crashed into a minivan. A mother, aged 39, and her two children, aged 9 and 10, were killed when their minivan caught fire. Three other people also in the minivan remained hospitalized in critical condition, according to ABC News.
Snapchat released a statement in the wake of the incident, saying: "We actively discourage our community from using the speed filter while driving, including by displaying a 'Do NOT Snap and Drive' warning message in the app," ABC News said.
The filter was previously blamed for a crash in Georgia in September 2015. In that incident, Snapchat claimed driver Christal McGee, 19, had not been using the app, but this was disputed by passengers traveling with McGee at the time of the incident, who said McGee had been trying to reach 100 mph, WSB-TV reported. McGee's car struck another driver, who according to an attorney has been left with permanent brain injuries.
The family of Marianela Portocarrero, the mother who died in Wednesday's crash, set up a crowdfunding page to cover burial costs for her and her two children. It had raised more than $30,000 by Tuesday morning.
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