Woman Unknowingly Live-Tweets Car Accident That Killed Her Husband

Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 07:32 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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A woman known for tweeting about traffic in her county found to her horror that a person killed in the accident she was live-tweeting was her husband.

KATU reported the story of Caran Johnson of Vancouver, Wash., who goes by @ScanCouver on Twitter and monitors plice scanners and tweets information about the area. 

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Johnson, whose Twitter account is currently private, sent the first tweet Wednesday afternoon saying “this accident sounds horrible” and commenting on the section of the road where it occurred.

As the afternoon wore on, Johnson began to get worried because her husband had left work early.

She tweeted, “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,” followed by “and he’s late.” She tweeted @Col_cops to ask for a description of the vehicles involved.

Reading the tweets is a heartbreaking insight into Johnson’s escalating fear. “I’m a basketcase,” she tweeted, then later, “how long do I wait for him to come home before I call the police?”

KATU reported the final tweets:

“and now my kids are home from school...”

“He’s the one I go to for things like this…”

“it’s him. He died.”

She later tweeted:  “Thank you all so much for the prayers and thoughts. I'll reply to everyone later tonight.”

The online world in which Johnson is active stepped up with sympathy as the horrific story became known. A fundraiser has been started.

The fund had raised more than $4,300 by mid-afternoon Thursday.

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