There's an outpouring of support on Twitter for Caran Johnson, of Vancouver, Wash. The wife and mother of two was live-tweeting a car accident when she made a horrific discovery.
Caran, known on Twitter as @scancouver, often follows and live-tweets traffic reports in her county. On Wednesday, she came across tweets from a local newspaper about a car accident that had closed down a lane to make room for a helicopter on Interstate 205.
"This accident sounds horrible," Caran tweeted. She then added: "I hate that section of I205 S. Too many ramps, speeders and too few lanes."
Less than 20 minutes later, she started to worry about her husband, Craig Johnson, who had left work early because he was feeling faint. "I'm trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home. He's not answering his phone."
After a phone call to her husband's job, Caran still didn't have any answers and turned to her Twitter followers, many of whom had expressed concern.
"What do I do now," she asked. "He might have pulled over because he was feeling faint and then passed out or had a seizure. He has epilepsy."
She dialed 911 and even reached out to a state trooper, whom she followed on Twitter, who was on the scene. Then she found out what had happened from State Patrol and tweeted these words: "It's him. He died."
Craig was killed when his car crossed a median and collided with a pickup, according to police. Craig was declared dead on the scene. The truck driver survived, but was in critical condition. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Since then, tweeted condolences have poured in from around the world, and Caran's followers and friends are sharing a link to an online fundraiser to help with funeral expenses.