Distracted Texting Teen Falls Down Manhole

Posted on July 12, 2009

Here's a lesson for those texting and walking. You need to pay attention. Maybe it is best to stop before you decide to send an IM or a tweet. The New York Daily News reports that a Staten Island teen fell into an uncovered sewer manhole while she was trying to send a text message. Alexa Longueira, 15, is OK but she could have been seriously hurt.
"It was four or five feet, it was very painful. I kind of crawled out and the DEP guys came running and helped me," Longueria told the Staten Island Advance.. "They were just, like, 'I'm sorry! I'm sorry!"

For its part, the Department of Environmental Protection said its workers had turned away briefly to grab some cones when the incident occurred.

"We regret that this happened and wish the young woman a speedy recovery," DEP spokeswoman Mercedes Padilla said in a statement. She added that crews were flushing a high-pressure sewer line at the time.
The girl has been released from the Staten Island University Hospital.

The article says sewer line workers are supposed to cut off pedestrian access to work sites but pedestrians also need to watch where they are going. If you don't you could run into a pole or fall into a hole. The article says the family intends to sue the city.
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