In this day of real-time information being passed among thousands with a simple tap of the fingers, a Washington state woman unknowingly, and heartbreakingly, tweeted about an accident that claimed the life of her husband, reports The Associated Press via MSN on Thursday.
Caran Johnson, who says she regularly monitors police scanner traffic on a freeway that her and husband frequently use, unknowingly live-tweeted about her husband's death in a freeway crash.
Her husband, 47-year-old Craig Johnson, was involved in a crash Thursday on Interstate I-205 near Tacoma. Caran, who uses the Twitter handle @ScanCouver, intially sent out a tweet to update her followers on the accident and traffic tie-up.
As the time went on, and after her husband did not return from work and was not answering his phone, her tweets grew more frantic.
She then made the horrifying discovery that she had been tweeting about Craig’s death.
“I just called his work and he was feeling faint when he left work. #panic,” one of her tweets read. Later she tweeted, “I'm a basketcase,” and one chilling tweet came in that said, "It’s him. He died."
The Huffington Post carried each of Caran’s tweets.
Caran contacted Washington State Patrol spokesman Will Finn, asking Finn whether he had any information on the vehicle or who was involved in the fatal crash.
“I contacted the investigator and we put two and two together. I realized I had a situation on my hands,” Finn said.
According to MSN, Finn held off posting a crash photo on Twitter after Caran messaged him asking about the accident. He said he has never met Caran but the two follow each other on Twitter.
"It's a terrible situation. We don't want to tell anybody over social media that they have lost a family member. We would never do that," Finn said.
Caran has since received an outpouring of support from her Twitter family.
"Thank you all so much for the prayers and thoughts," she tweeted.