Man filming himself with selfie stick crashes car

Alex Lopatnyuk uploaded a video of his seflie “fail” to YouTube on Monday and already the accident has nearly 30,000 views

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A man’s attempt to capture his alligator hunting expedition with a selfie stick ended in disaster after he crashed his Jeep using the device while driving.

Alex Lopatnyuk uploaded a video of his seflie “fail” to YouTube on Monday and already the accident has racked up nearly 30,000 views.

In the footage, Mr Lopatnyuk points the selfie stick out of his Jeep’s window to film himself driving.

Unfortunately, Mr Lopatnyuk becomes so consumed in capturing his best side that he fails to notice the car in front of him carrying a large boat that inevitably crashes through his windscreen when he forgets to break.

In a video entitled “Aftermath”, Mr Lapatnyuk films the sorry state of his car window after the incident.

The film has promted a host of comments from YouTube users rebuking Mr Lopatnyk for his foolhardy behaviour.

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The "aftermath" of Mr Lapatnyuk's selfie

“What’s more stupid,” said one user, “ the fact he’s using a selfie stick while driving or the fact he just posted evidence to void his insurance claim.”

“And that’s why selfies are bad,” said another.

The video comes as a throng of sporting events and tourist attractions announce bans against the photo-taking device due to safety concerns.

Disney banned selfie sticks at all its theme parks in July, with a spokeswoman saying that “Selfie sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast."

The theme park joins the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the Palace of Versailles near Paris and the Colosseum in Rome, which also prohibit selfie sticks. 

Music festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza also banned the gadget this year as well as Wimbledon and The Open.

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