A 37-year-old woman in Florida has been charged with reckless driving after causing an accident because she was distracted as she shaved her pubic hair.
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She was also charged with with driving with a revoked license, leaving the scene of a wreck with injuries and driving with no insurance according to keynews.com.
The Florida Highway Patrol says a two-vehicle crash Tuesday at Mile Marker 21 on Cudjoe Key was caused by a 37-year-old woman driver who was shaving her bikini area while her ex-husband took the wheel from the passenger seat.
Megan Mariah Barnes, 37, was travelling southbound in her Thunderbird at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1 when she slammed into the back of a 2006 Chevrolet pickup driven by David Schoff of Palm Bay. Schoff had slowed to about 5 mph in preparation for making a left-hand turn when the Thunderbird rear-ended him while travelling about 45 mph according to Florida State Troopers.
Trooper Gary Dunick described the incident as the most bizarre in his career:
She said she was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit. If I wasn't there, I wouldn't have believed it. About 10 years ago I stopped a guy in the exact same spot ... who had three or four syringes sticking out of his arm. It was just surreal and I thought, 'Nothing will ever beat this.' Well, this takes it.
After the accident, Barnes reportedly continued to drive for approximately half of a mile before stopping. Initially, her ex-husband Charles Judy claimed to be driving and insisted Barnes was in the passenger seat. The ruse was quickly discovered by investigators.
Additional charges were added because only the day before Barnes had been convicted of impaired driving, her license had been suspended and she had been ordered to keep her Thunderbird off the road. Riptide, the Miami New Times blog, has labelled Barnes, 'Pubic Enemy Number One.'