Area woman warns of dangers behind texting while walking

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - An Oriska woman is mad at herself and wanting to warn others of an imminent danger, texting while walking. Neenah Donnelly was leaving a local store while looking down at her phone. Before she knew it, she was on the ground in excruciating pain.

"If you want to be in agony, go or it. I'm going to spend this next year recovering from what probably could have waited 5 minutes," says Oriska Resident, Neenah Donnelly.

Neenah Donnelly is upset with herself. She was severely injured in a preventable accident.

"I came out of a pet grooming place in Valley City. It was a cozy dog paradise and I thought, I just have to share this (on social media). I had my phone and the next thing I know, I'm spinning around on the ground," says Donnelly.

After the fall, Donnelly went straight to the doctor. She found out she had a vertebral fracture and her tailbone is displaced. Recovery is expected to take between three months and a year. Donnelly is using this painful incident to warn others of the dangers behind texting and walking.

"I injured myself from simply walking off a step, what if I would have walked out in front of a car. Just don't do it," says Donnelly.

She is far from the only person who has been caught doing this. In the most recent study we found, in one year more than 1,000 people were seriously injured as a result of texting and walking. It has become a big problem.

"You see it all the time. It's an everyday thing, you see it every single hour once you're done with class," says Student, Andrew Jones.

What can you do to prevent these accidents? Look up or put your phone away. It's not just texting and driving that is dangerous but also checking your phone while walking.