A Pittsburgh teen counted her blessings after her brush with death and made a TikTok video as a coping mechanism.
The vehicle that transported 16-year-old Katie Cornetti and two of her friends “rolled over” while on a drive two weeks ago.
She recounted the terrifying moment with Buzzfeed News.
Cornetti assessed the aftermath and began laughing after realizing they were still alive.
“We saw [the window] shatter and we look at each other and were like, ‘Are you OK? Are you OK?’ Once we figured out we were all OK, we started laughing.”
“We’re best friends and this is how we coped together.”
Here is the clip from Cornetti’s TikTok page.
The cause of the accident was allegedly tied to the haphazard mounting of a tire.
Cornetti was in the passenger seat and her friend Marissa was behind the wheel when the car flpped over while making a turn on a winding road.
All three passengers managed to avoid a far worse outcome thanks to the seatbelts they were wearing at the time Marissa lost control of the vehicle.
Save for a bruised lip, Cornetti and her friends survived the wreck, unscathed.
While waiting for help to arrive after their treacherous topple, Cornetti had one specific thought.
“While we were sitting there … waiting for the police to come, for some reason in my mind I was like, “I should make a TikTok, why not, I have nothing better to do.'”
“I picked the first song and made a random TikTok.”
Making the video was an effective way for Cornetti to combat anxiety.Â
“That was the first thing that came to mind…to do that. It really was scary…But we decided letâ€™s do this to get our minds off of it, and honestly it helped a lot.”
It wasn’t until YouTuber Zane Hijazi saw the TikTok clip, screen-recorded it and shared it on Twitter that made the video go viral.
These girls got into an accident, flipped their car, and still managed to get a TikTok up pic.twitter.com/MPxnOFgBhW
— zane (@zane) November 20, 2019
The car appeared to be totaled, but the teenagers were still going places. The tweet received 139K likes so far, thanks to Hijazi.
Buzzfeed said Cornetti was coincidentally wearing Hijazi merchandise at school when she discovered the YouTuber shared her video.
“I was freaking out. I didn’t expect it to blow up as much as it did.”
But not everyone was amused by Cornetti’s peculiar decision to film a post-accident music video.