Police Use Find My iPhone App to Help Car Accident Rollover Case

While most people think of the Find My iPhone app as a way to find a stolen or lost iPhone (some use it as way to spy on children or spouses), it can also be used to save lives. On October 14th, 2014, police and rescue officers used the popular iPhone app to find a 28-year-old woman that had crashed her car, rolled over the side of a ravine and settled in an area rescuers could not find. \

Woman Lies in Ravine for 15 Hours

The woman failed to show up at home, something that worried her stepmother. Around 3 a.m., the stepmother reported the woman as missing. Police were unable to find the exact address with OnStar. In fact, OnStar gave authorities the wrong address. A police officer saw the woman had an iPad at home and successfully guessed the password to unlock the device. He then used Apple’s Find My iPhone feature to determine the woman’s exact location. She was trapped at the bottom of a ravine after she was thrown from her 2012 Chevrolet Cruze. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter lifted the woman out of the ravine. She had been lying face down for almost 15 hours when she was rescued. She was taken to a nearby hospital in San Jose, California, where she was treated for her injuries.

Officer Guesses Phone Password

Besides the severity of the car accident, what caught our attention was the fact that the police officer was able to correctly guess the password on the woman’s iPad. When interviewed, he stated he correctly guessed the password on the third try. “I just tried to make an educated guess,” is what the police officer said. Fortunately, he was a very good guesser, and the woman was rescued before she died of exposure and her injuries.

Fast Medical Help Is Critical

In any type of vehicle rollover or Los Angeles car accident, it is imperative for the authorities to arrive at the scene as quickly as possible. As we have mentioned in some of our other blog posts, the first few hours after an accident or injury are extremely important. If there has been head trauma or a concussion, this individual should not be moving around. They should be in the care of medical professionals who can address any symptoms that could cause even more brain injuries down the road.


If you have been injured in a car accident in Los Angeles or any part of California, please feel free to reach out to us at 800-991-5292. We will be more than happy to discuss what options you have when it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit. David Azizi is a top personal injury lawyer with over 20 years of experience in car and truck accident cases and will evaluate your case without charge and answer your questions. He will work to make sure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.


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