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Selfie-shooting driver gets canoe through the windshield

Alex Lopatnyuk said his video should serve as a "PSA" showing "why you shouldn't text and drive or try to take a selfie and drive."

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Ben Hooper
A Jeep driver learns an important lesson about distracted driving while filming himself with a GoPro mounted on a selfie stick. Alex Lopatnyuk/YouTube video screenshot
A Jeep driver learns an important lesson about distracted driving while filming himself with a GoPro mounted on a selfie stick. Alex Lopatnyuk/YouTube video screenshot

OAKLAND, Fla., Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A Florida man using a selfie stick to film himself while driving his Jeep recorded the moment he rear-ended another vehicle and got a canoe through his windshield.

Alex Lopatnyuk's YouTube video shows him driving his Jeep down a dirt road while using his GoPro camera to film himself from outside the window of the vehicle with a selfie stick.

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Lopatnyuk is momentarily distracted by the camera and rear-ends the pickup truck in front of him, sending the canoe tied to the back of the truck through his windshield.

The video shows the "aftermath" of the collision, with Lopatnyuk unhurt but his windshield bearing a fresh canoe-shaped hole.

"Gator Hunting with a GoPro for the first time, the selfie FAILED," Lopatnyuk wrote in the video's description.

He said in a Facebook post the video should serve as a "PSA" showing "why you shouldn't text and drive or try to take a selfie and drive."

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