We all know better, but so many think that they have it under control, and can sneak “just this one text message” in while behind the wheel. And you know, you could get away with it. But you might not. That’s the hearbreaking lesson that the parents of Alexander Heit learned this month, when their son fatally crashed his car while sending that one text message. In fact, the crash happened with that last text half-written, waiting to be sent. Now Alexander’s mother, Sharon Heit, has released a photo of that text, in hopes that it will help people realize just how dangerous a practice it is.
“I can’t bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this. Please, vow to never, NEVER text and drive,” exhorted Heit. “In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you.”
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Observed Jerry Garner, Chief of Police in Greeley, Colorado, where the accident occurred, “Unfortunately, when we think to ourselves, ‘I’ll just do it this one time,’ we are fooling ourselves. This ‘one time’ may be the only time. The Heits are sharing their tragedy and loss, in hope that through Alex’s story, others may realize and recognize just how dangerous texting and driving is. If this tragic, senseless accident can be a learning experience for others, perhaps others will be saved.”
According to witnesses, Alexander was not speeding, but had his head down, presumably writing the text, when his car drifted into oncoming traffic. He looked up, and jerked the wheel to get back into his own lane, and the car spun out of control and flipped over.
He died just hours later.
Leaving friends, family, and a community grieving over a completely senseless and avoidable death.
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