5 People Who Risked It All For The Perfect Selfie
Probably less than ten years ago if someone told you that you could die taking a photograph of yourself, you’d think they were crazy…….yet in today’s world of digital technology, the possibility is now very real…
With the revolution of the selfie, it seems everyone is in search of that standout shot, the one that will get the most likes and will outdo their peers…..But it appears that in search of the best image people are taking more and more risks, and a new disturbing phenomenon is emerging……death by selfie!
Here we look at just five of the ever-increasing number of people who have or so nearly paid the ultimate price in search of the perfect selfie…
5Walrus – Jia Lijun
This case is particularly tragic as it also claimed the life of a man who tried to rescue the selfie taker…
The incident took place in May 2016 when businessman Jia Lijun from China visited Xixiakou Wildlife Park in Rongcheng city in the north-east of the country.
He was visited the park alone and was documenting his visit using photos and videos that he was posting on social media; he was especially excited about meeting the legendary Walrus who lived there.
Jia took video footage and then tried to take a selfie with the animal in the background, but the one and a half tonnes walrus grabbed him from behind and dragged him into the pool, were it started flinging him around. The Walrus’ Zookeeper and closest human friend jumped in to try and save Jia, but the Walrus grabbed him as well, both men were unable to free themselves from the Walrus hug and drowned; the incident was witnessed by onlookers who thought it was part of the entertainment.
It is speculated that the Walrus was just trying to play as they are not known to attack humans especially one who has looked after him since he was a baby……but not realising his strength the whole thing ended in tragedy with both men dead.
In the wake of the tragedy, the park was criticised for not having a security barrier around the Walrus enclosure, meaning the public could come into close contact with the beast…… creating the ideal environment for a selfie.
Fortunately the Walrus was not put down and the Zoo accepted responsibility and paid Jia’s family 900,000 yuan (£94,000) in compensation.
In April 2014, 32-year-old Courtney Sanford was on her way to work along Interstate 85 in North Carolina it was around 8:30 in the morning…….At 8:33 a post appeared on her Facebook timeline which read: “The happy song makes me so HAPPY.
At 8.34am police were called to reports of a crash. A woman was dead at the scene the result of a head-on collision with a truck……it was Courtney Sanford.
Police revealed her car crossed the central reservation and crashed into a recycling lorry before bursting into flames, the driver of the car had no chance although the 73-year-old driver of the truck walked away unharmed.
It was later reported that Courtney’s social media profiles showed as well as posting the status, she had also been taking selfies while driving along the highway…
It was concluded that as Courtney had no drink or drugs in her system and speed was not a factor, the crash and her senseless death were caused by being distracted by social media, and in a split second her life was over…
3Video Footage Of Near Miss In India
It is interesting to know that the most selfie deaths in the world occur in India and most of the victims were young people, either electrocuted or struck by trains, apparently this is due to the belief that posing on or next to train tracks with your best friend is regarded as romantic and a sign of never-ending friendship. It seems quite a dangerous way to prove you love someone…
However, this next footage was a solo effort and was taken by 25-year-old Shiva Kumar who was trying to capture a video selfie of himself near Borabanda railway station in Hyderabad, southern India.
It was shot in January of this year. Kumar can be seen looking into his phone with a big smile as the train approaches, but it appears he has misjudged the positioning of the train, and you can hear someone frantically warning him to move and the train repeatedly sounding its horn….. but Kumar stays put, and is hit…
Remarkably he survived but sustained head and body injuries and was taken to hospital. He has since appeared in court and fined 500 rupees, which sounds a lot, but in reality, it is just £5.50!
Take a look at this shocking footage; surely it is enough to put anyone off searching for the perfect selfie?
2The Tragic Death Of Three Young Girls In Utah
Now although there is no official data; this next tragic case was undoubtedly one of the first selfie-related deaths…
In October 2011 three girls went to Spanish Fork Canyon, in Utah to take photos, they were sisters Kelsea and Savannah Webster aged 15 and 13 and 15-year-old Essa Ricker. The girls were watching the trains and waving to the drivers before they decided to move down to the tracks to take a selfie with an approaching train. As the train neared…Savannah posted on her Facebook page “Standing right by a train ahaaha this is awesome!!
Just moments later the girls were struck, by a train coming in the opposite direction. It is thought the noise from the first train, prevented the girls from hearing the second train on the other track. The first one was a westbound Utah Railway and the second was an eastbound Union Pacific.
It was revealed that the girls waved to the driver of the Utah Railway train completely unaware there was another train heading straight for them. The driver of the Union Pacific train repeatedly sounded his horn in an attempt to alert the girls, but the thunderous sound of the other train meant they didn’t hear it and failed to respond.
The girls were stood in the three-foot gap between the two passing trains, and the resulting turbulence would have been strong enough to force the girls into the side or under the passing trains.
Kelsea and Essa were killed instantly, but remarkably Savannah survived the initial impact, but sadly died three days later…
1A Fall From a Window In London
In November 2017, a young woman fell from a window in Tooting, South London, two days after the fall the lady passed away, and it was confirmed she fell after trying to take a selfie.
Her name was Toni Kelly, a 20-year-old who had recently settled in Britain after moving from her home in New Zealand.
Toni was a keen traveller who was known to document her life and trips on Instagram, and it was while trying to capture a shot of her new life in London, that she fell from the second-storey window to the street below…… where she suffered serious head injuries and died two days later on November 14th.
After her death friends had to raise money through a just giving page to fly her body home to New Zealand. Toni’s organs were donated to help save lives of other living in the UK…
It really isn’t worth it!
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