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A Staten Island teenage learns the hard way that texting and walking can be disastrous

A teenager walking along the streets in Staten Island recently suffered an embarrassing mistake when she walked into an open sewer while sending text messages on her cell phone.

Alexa Longueira, 15, suffered deep cuts and bruises after she fell through a manhole that was uncovered and reportedly left unattended.  Two New York City Department of Environmental Protection workers were planning on flushing the sewer, left the manhole cover off, and walked away without putting up a warning sign or orange cones.

"It was just really gross and it was shocking and scary," Longueira said about the incident.  "Because of their careless mistake I got hurt."

The girl admitted she was texting, though doesn't believe the manhole should have been left open and unattended.

"Regardless of whether I'm texting or not if there was a cone there I'm going to see a big orange cone.  I walk that sidewalk every day, I don't expect a big hole there."

One of the DEP employees who was on scene helped the girl out of the sewer, then she was taken to a local hospital.  The city has opened an investigation, and it's unknown if any type of possible legal action may be taken against the city.

Until the family decides whether or not to file a lawsuit, Longueira will have an MRI to check for possible spine damage sometime this week.

It's becoming increasingly common to hear about people occasionally trip in fall, walk into a door or pole, or some other type of clumsy mistake while texting on their phone.  It's little mistakes like this that has led some states to ban texting while driving, stating it's inherently dangerous, as the driver loses focus on the road.




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