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Teenager Falls Down Manhole While Texting and Walking

Numerous states have already implemented bans on texting while driving, but text-related injuries and deaths definitely aren't limited to the vehicular variety. In 2008, Illinois proposed legislation that would make texting and walking illegal, and now, as textual mishaps mount among pedestrians, those who ridiculed the idea may need to reconsider their stance.

The most recent walking-texting victim, 15-year-old Alexa Longueira of Staten Island, was happily (and obliviously) thumbing away when, in classic Looney Toons style, she disappeared into an open man hole cover. According to, the teenager fell five feet, scraping her back and arms, before landing in a pile of muck.

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) workers said they left the hole unattended only while they were obtaining cones and markers with which to barricade it. DEP spokeswoman Mercedes Padilla said that the organization regrets the unfortunate incident, and that they hope Longueira fully and swiftly recovers. The Longueira family, of course, plan to pursue legal recourse.

If that doesn't satiate your thirst for texting failure, or if you just love slapstick and think bodily harm is hilarious, check out the Switched text-messaging Hall of Shame. [From:]

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