Teenage driver and passenger die while Facebook Live streaming during fatal car crash
A teenage driver live-streamed the moments leading up to her death when a tractor-trailer rammed into the back of her car killing her and a passenger instantly on a Pennsylvania highway, state police said.
Brooke Miranda Hughes, Legitimate, was driving leisurely on the southbound right lane on Interstate three hundred eighty near Tobyhanna when she was broadcasting a Facebook Live movie just after midnight Tuesday, according to the Pennsylvania State Police, The Times-Tribune reported.
“Are you going live?” asked Hughes’ friend and passenger, Chaniya Morrison-Toomey, Nineteen.
Hughes slightly had time to reaction when tractor-trailer lights glared into her car and crushed the teenagers followed by the sound of screeching tires.
The live-stream went black for seven minutes, and at the end, the movie depicted a man with a blurred face talking.
Brooke Miranda Hughes (pictured) was believed to be driving with a vapid tire during the fatal crash just after midnight Tuesday.
The movie was then mysteriously posted by an unknown person and not by Hughes.
The driver — Michael Jay Parks — was not injured. It was not instantly clear if he would face charges.
Pennsylvania State Police believe Hughes was driving with a plane tire, but the wreck caused significant harm to determine the vehicle’s original state, State Trooper Dave Peters told the newspaper.
The movie received more than 7,000 views, but it has since been taken down while authorities use it in their investigation, police said.
Chaniya Morrison-Toomey (pictured) died in the car crash while her friend was livestreaming on Facebook Live in Pennsylvania.
The Daily News could not independently confirm whether the movie has been eliminated or not. The Pennsylvania State Police did not instantaneously react to a request for comment.
A Facebook spokesperson said any movie that displays deaths or suicides would not be accessible to users under Legitimate, have a graphic warning screen and the audio would be disabled.
However, under Facebook’s community standards, if a user witnesses any graphic violence, they are encouraged to report it to law enforcement, the spokesperson told The News.
One friend — Samantha Piasecki — who railed in the car with the teenagers Monday night described the two as “down to Earth people,” with “good personalities,” but the 17-year-old was appreciative she got off the car before the fatal crash.