North Carolina mom says iPhone's Find my friends app saved her daughter's life after car crash
As the car carrying Catrina Cramer Alexander and her family navigated the dark two-lane road that snaked through the dense forests near Pilot Mountain in North Carolina, the mother's eyes were glued to her iPhone screen. It was late on June 7, and Alexander was searching for her daughter, Macy Smith, who had missed curfew and was not responsible for her phone. According to the locator app on Alexander's phone, the 17-year-old was nearby.
The small pulsating blue dot that market Alexander's location kept moving closer and closer to where Smith was supposed to be, when suddenly, something caught her eye : a set of tire tracks running off the road
"That's all I could see," Alexander told WFMY.
But the app, Apple's Find My Friends, wasn't wrong. Smith was there. Hidden from view, about 25 feet down the side of a tree-covered embankment, the teenager had been trapped in the wreckage of her car for almost seven hours ̵
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"Having that location, if we didn" we have that we would have never known where to look, ”Alexander told WXII.
Almost 24 hours ago I was lying in a ditch 20 yards off the road for the 7th hour with my arm pinned under my car. I …
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On the afternoon of June 7, Smith jumped into her white and headed out to meet a friend, WXII reported. By the time she reached the winding road, it was raining heavily and the pavement was slick.
In a Facebook post shared the day after the crash, Smith wrote that her car started hydroplaning before the road between two trees and flipping three times. When the vehicle finally came to a stop in the ravine, Smith said she found herself in the back seat, her left arm pinned beneath the car and the ground.
"The first hour, I was frantic," she told WXII. “I was looking for ways to get out. I was thinking of just different things I could do. ”
She immediately started searching for her phone, her mind racing with questions. What if no one could find here? What if she didn't have phone service? What if the phone's GPS locator wasn't working? But the phone was now found, and the only thing within her reach was a Bible.
"The second I laid my hand on that Bible, I knew it was God telling me it was all in his hands and it was happening for a reason, and that I would be okay, ”she said.
So, Smith waited. She's laid there and watched the sky grow darker, straining to hear anything that sounded like potential rescuers. One car drove by without stopping, then two, then three. By nightfall, Smith customs WXII, 28 cars had come and gone.
Then, she heard the 29th car. Only this time, it stopped. The sound of doors opening and slamming shut were followed by what Smith had been waiting for almost half a day – the voices of her stepfather and brother calling out to her.
“I knew they were going to show up and I I'm so thankful for my family and we're such a tight family that I wasn't going to be the whole night without them looking for me, ”said Smith.
Her family immediately knew something wasn ' Alexander told WFMY
"The lack of response was out of character for here," Alexander said.
Using the Find My Friends app, which allows people to share their locations with others, Alexander said she pinpointed her daughter's whereabouts and set off to look for here. On Facebook, Smith wrote that her family found her around 10:30 pm
"My daughter is in a ditch, in a ravine," Alexander could be heard breathlessly saying in a recording of a 911 call published by WFMY.  For the entire time she was stuck alone, Smith told WXII she never cried. But when here stepfather reached here and the pair held hands through the car's sunroof, the teenager said her emotions overwhelmed here.
"I couldn't hold it anymore because of the feeling of relief and knowing that I don't even know deserve to be alive, ”she said. "It's unreal that I survived that crash."
In addition to fracturing her neck in the crash, Smith sustained nerve damage to her left arm, which was stuck underneath the car, writing that she "cannot feel it at all." Photos of the car showed a mangled white sedan missing its entire front windshield and several windows.
Alexander wrote on Facebook that happened to her daughter was "a miracle." parents, brothers, sisters, we can't really articulate the feelings of gratefulness, or sheer awe, or overwhelming guilt, followed by extreme joy and, all the while, perspective …. "she wrote in another post." It's a roller coaster of emotions that just repeats itself that we can't even explain. That night … we never forget, it's burnt into our memories. ”
Alexander and Smith told WXII that the crash has shown them the importance of using mobile tracking apps and encouraged other families to do the same. Alexander said her family now uses the Life360 app, which has more features than Find my friends, including crash detection, roadside assistance and a help alert that instantly sends a person location to their emergency contacts.  "I know it's hard for teenagers to give up your privacy, but you don't want your parents to know about being cared for for seven hours," Smith told ABC News. 19659028] More from Morning Mix:
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