Lawyers for a man with permanent brain damage are suing a driver and Snapchat after they say the speed tracker on the social media platform caused the car crash that injured him.
Christal McGee, of Spalding County, Georgia, was driving a Mercedes Benz at about 11:15 p.m. on Sept. 10, 2015, while using a filter on Snapchat that tracks how fast users are moving, alleges the lawsuit, which was filed of behalf of victim Wentworth Maynard earlier this month.
McGee wanted to post an image of herself going fast, so she "pushed the speed of her Mercedes to above 80 miles per hour. McGee then pushed the speed of her Mercedes to above 90 miles per hour. And McGee continued to push the speed of her Mercedes to above 100 miles per hour," according to the lawsuit, filed by attorney Michael Lawson Neff.
Snapchat's speed tracker rewards users who submit photos of their speed by giving them points, the suit notes. By the time McGee collided with Maynard's Mitsubishi, she was driving approximately 107 mph on a Clayton County, Georgia, boulevard that has a speed limit of 55 mph.
"McGee was traveling so fast, there was no time to react. Maynard's car was struck so violently it shot across the left lane into the left embankment," a statement on Neff's firm's website said.