Avi Ben Stella Car Crash: Viral Hoax or Real Plea for Prayers?
The story of Avi Ben Stella, a 12 year-old who is now in a coma after surviving a car crash, has gone viral but is it really a legitimate plea for prayers or a mere hoax? The story has hit email accounts, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms but the question of whether or not the story is real or not remains. A number of different messages are being passed along with the same sentiment but the claims are yet to be substantiated.
“Please say a prayer for Avi Ben Stella–a 12 year old boy who was in a very serious car accident and is now in critical condition. If you would change your status for even one hour it would help spread the word. I do not personally know this child but was asked to paste to my wonderful friends…power in prayer!!!”
“Please say tehillim for Avi Ben Stella–a 12 year old boy who was in a very serious car accident and is now in critical condition. He is lying in a coma.”
PRAYERS NEEDED for 12 yr old Avi Ben Stella who, after a serious car crash is now in a critical coma. Pls change your status for 1 hr so more people can become aware and add to the prayers. We would do it for your son, pls. do this for somebody else's son. Thank you.
Snopes.com says the story has been circulating since mid-August but that they have yet to be able to verify if Avi Ben Stella's story is real.
Avi Ben Stella may be a mispelling of the real victim of the car accident; Aviv Babayeva was in critical condition on August 13, 2009 after he was involved in a drag racing accident in the back seat of a teenagers car in Queens, New York.
Babayeva suffered two broken femurs, a broken pelvis, severe trauma to his torso and head, and swelling to his brain that requried surgery, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.