A Pennsylvania teenager has gone viral after she shared a TikTok video of herself joking around just moments after getting into a terrifying car accident.
Two weeks ago, 16-year-old Katie Cornetti, of Pittsburgh, posted a video of herself and her two friends in an overturned car. In the short clip, Cornetti is seen lip-syncing to a song while one of her friends plays along. The teenager later shared the video a second time in an effort to go viral.
"[Reposting] bc us being trapped in our flipped over car didn’t get enough attention," she wrote.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the reshared video has received nearly 300,000 likes.
"How are you not crying and freaking out," one person wrote in response.
"Natural selection really tried but you still managed and was like: tik tok instead of your dang safety," another person wrote.
According to BuzzFeed, Cornetti was in the passenger seat of the car, when her friend Marissa made a turn on a winding road "and the car rolled over." One of the vehicle's tires was reportedly not mounted correctly.
Fortunately, the three passengers came away from the accident mostly uninjured, the publication notes. Cornetti herself allegedly suffered just a bruise on her lip from her phone hitting her face.
"While we were sitting there ... waiting for the police to come, for some reason in my mind I was like, 'I should make a TikTok, why not, I have nothing better to do,'" the teenager told BuzzFeed. "I picked the first song and made a random TikTok."
Cornetti said she also did so because it helped her cope with the incident.
"That was the first thing that came to mind...to do that," she said. "It really was scary...But we decided let’s do this to get our minds off of it, and honestly it helped a lot."
Popular YouTuber Zane Hijazi later shared the video on Twitter, drawing a number of strong responses.
These girls got into an accident, flipped their car, and still managed to get a TikTok up pic.twitter.com/MPxnOFgBhW— zane (@zane) November 20, 2019
"Wtf I’m actually worried for our future, if that’s what the do first thing they do when they crashed that’s kinda sad," one person said.
Wtf I’m actually worried for our future, if that’s what the do first thing they do when they crashed that’s kinda sad 🤔😟— kahtt (@kit_katty16) November 20, 2019
"Seriously what's wrong with people," another asked.
Seriously what’s wrong with people— Yasmin (@yasminlovu) November 20, 2019
Despite the criticism, Cornetti maintained that she had a valid reason for posting the video.
"There was not much we could do to make anything better, so that's what we decided to do," she told BuzzFeed. "Literally the week before I got into a small car accident I was freaking out and crying — that was not the best way to cope with anything."