A horrific photo of a Corvette which has crashed into a large truck is being circulated with a story about how this was the result of texting. Is this story true or false?
The photo is real, but the story is not.
The photo actually dates from 2005 and does in fact show a terrible accident. The story about texting was added years later. Here are some variations of the texting story included with the photo:
- They found his cell phone still in his hand – he was texting – his head was in the back seat. PLEASE don’t text while driving. Share this if your against Texting & Driving……..
- Do not play with the phone while driving! Harm to others! When rescue personnel found the deceased, the deceased had been decapitated, his hand still holding the phone. The original accident took place when the deceased was using a mobile phone.
- Saw this on Facebook today. An eye-opener for you sitting o send SMS while you are driving, because that was what this driver did. His mobile was still in his hand, but his head was in the backseat
- He was texting his wife, to say he was 5 minutes from home. PLEASE don’t text and drive! (Please share)
A couple of years after the accident, the photo surfaced with a humorous caption, “Physics: Resistance is Futile” which is shown below.
The Real Story
The accident was reported in the July 29, 2005 edition of the The Record, New Jersey’s second-largest daily newspaper. Thus, the accident occurred on July 28, 2005 and was reported as follows:
Friday, July 29, 2005
FRANKLIN LAKES – A Westchester County man died Thursday afternoon in a crash on Route 287.
Joseph Gianelli, 58 of Irvington, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene after his Chevrolet Corvette struck the rear of a tractor-trailer at about 1 p.m., near milepost 65, state police said.
The truck, operated by Clouis Oquinn Jr., 52, of Virginia, was parked on a northbound shoulder when the Corvette plowed into it. Oquinn was not injured, officials said.
The crash was under investigation Thursday evening.
There is no mention of text messaging, and in fact in 2005 texting while driving wasn’t very common, especially for a man in his 50s. It would appear that the texting story was manufactured and a graphic photo was used to demonstrate the story.
The other photo
There is another photo from this crash scene, that isn’t as commonly seen. The angle of this photo is from the opposite side as the more well-known version.
It appears that this terrible crash photo has merely been used to demonstrate the dangers of texting while driving, and a fake story was fabricated to go with it.
The anti-texting-while-driving movement is certainly well intended and gets our support. This photo, however, is irrelevant to the conversation.