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Report: 100 MPH Crash Might Have Been Because of Snapchat Speed Filter

Screen Shot 2016-04-29 at 10.32.14 PMSometimes, Snapchat filters can be used for good. Sometimes they border on tactless, but are still harmless. This time, though, a Snapchat filter may have caused an accident in Clayton County, Georgia.

Snapchat added a feature a while back that allows users to post the speed at which they are traveling on their photos and videos. Obviously, this shouldn’t be used while driving. Also obviously, some people still do that.

Now, according to WSB-TV 2, 18-year-old Christal McGee was speeding at about 107 miles per hour in a zone where the speed limit was 55. She rear-ended a car driven by Wentworth Maynard, who sustained permanent brain damage and is being cared for by his wife as a result of the collision.

He and his wife are now suing Snapchat and demanding the app discontinue the speed filter feature. It is worth noting that the speed filter does include text at the bottom reminding users not to use it while driving.

McGee did not receive a speeding ticket for the incident, but WSB-TV 2 did get an exclusive interview with passenger Heather McCarty, who provided new insight into what happened that night seven months ago. Watch above to hear her side of the story.

Lovejoy Police Chief Mark Harris told the station that there will be more of a follow-up into the case now.

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