Credits: FOTOLIA

Credits: FOTOLIA

A Colorado woman learned a painful lesson about the dangers of texting while driving.

Christina Jahnz says she was texting when she hit a pole that went through her car, piercing her thigh and buttocks.

“I was running late for a business meeting, so I did a voice text,” she told KUSA TV. “I looked down to make sure it was all right. The next thing I knew, I was looking up, there was white powder from the air bags deployed.”

She says a guardrail pole went through the front of her truck, through her buttocks and into the back of her seat.

“I went into surgery and I lost count of the stitches after 40. They stitched me up inside too. I’m truly a miracle. They said if it gone just a little bit the other way I would have bled out,” Jahnz said.

She was released late Sunday night and is expected to make a full recovery.

“It’s devastating knowing that I could have prevented it to begin with. I just hope my story helps to save the lives of others. Don’t text and drive,” Jahnz said.