A California man was hospitalized after he was T-boned by a semi truck while live streaming his commute on Facebook.
The incident happened on May 24 in Antelope Valley, California, as 32 year old actor and vlogger David Slavitt filmed himself driving home from a “movie set.” Before the crash, Slavitt remarks that he’s live streaming “just to, like, make the drive less boring.” As Slavitt films himself with a cellphone in one hand as he drives with the other, chatting about his plans, he suddenly emits a loud scream and the video abruptly cuts off.
According to KTLA, Slavitt reportedly failed to yield at a stop sign and was struck by a semi truck driven by 58 year old Elias Orozco. Orozco is said to have attempted to avoid the collision but wound up crashing into the driver’s side door of Slavitt’s vehicle.
If you look closely at the video, you can actually see the semi truck reflected in Slavitt’s sunglasses moments before the crash.
Slavitt was airlifted to the hospital for treatment of non life-threatenining injuries. Orozco was not hurt.
CHP Sgt. Steve Geraty points out that the incident is a reminder about the dangers of distracted driving: “This individual luckily did not lose his life in the collision. This could have been a family of five going to school or worse and the fact of the matter is that he’s the only injury in this collision is lucky.”