Jezebel editor Emma Carmichael is hospitalized after she and her cousin were pinned in a motor vehicle collision in Connecticut on Thursday night. Carmichael, 26, and Molly Johnsen, 27, were driving over the Q bridge in New Haven when their vehicle caught on fire. They stopped in the right lane and got out of the vehicle, and a man in a pick-up truck pulled up behind them to help. But while the good Samaritan tried to extinguish the fire, another driver in a Subaru SUV suddenly hit the truck from behind.
The pick-up truck was propelled forward into Carmichael and Johnsen, who were pinned between the truck and their burning car. The Hartford Courant reports that the two women "suffered serious injuries to their lower extremities and were transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital... They were conscious and alert at the time." The driver of the pick-up truck was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
One first responder told the New Haven Register, "One or two inches the wrong way and they could’ve gone over the highway and into the water. The end result was that it could’ve been a lot worse."
Yesterday Gawker Media executive editor Tommy Craggs sent this memo to staff, informing them that Carmichael's recovery "will be slow":
For those of you who haven’t heard, Emma is in the ICU, recovering from serious injuries sustained in a car accident Thursday... In deference to Emma’s wish not to be fussed over, I’ll be brief: She has no head, spinal, or internal injuries, and with one surgery down and another to go, she’s expected to make a full recovery, as is her cousin.
A few of your colleagues saw her over the weekend and report, via Jia Tolentino, that Emma is “doing fucking great.” We can now add pickup trucks to the list of things that should not fuck with Emma.
(Romenesko has the full memo.) NBC reports that the 19-year-old Subaru driver accused of causing the crash also sustained minor injuries, and was subsequently charged with failure to drive at a reasonable distance apart.