Saturday, 13 April 2013

Fatal text message kills son: ‘In a split second you could ruin your future’

Fatal text message kills son: ‘In a split second you could ruin your future’, The fatal text message “Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw” written by 22-year-old Alexander Heit was an unfinished response to his friend’s text message, “Hey man I had to run out for like an hour.” While replying to his friend, Alexander Heit was driving in his car and the split second that it took to look down at his cell phone was enough for Alexander to drift into oncoming traffic and lose control of his car, reported NBC News on April 11, 2013.

“Heit died after his car ran off the road April 3 in northwest Greeley and police have determined that he lost control while texting and driving.”

According to eye witnesses, Alexander Heit was driving “eastbound on 0 Street from 35th Avenue, on a turn with a very narrow, dirt shoulder and a steep drop.” When Alexander put his head down to look at his cell phone, his car drifted into the oncoming lane. A driver going westbound saw Alexander’s car moving into his lane. The driver slowed down and was able to avoid a collision with Alexander’s car.

Alexander, however, who looked up from his cell phone, jerked the steering wheel too hard and over-corrected. His car left the south side of the road, rolled, and flipped over.

After police and paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after 5 p.m. on April 3, Alexander was taken to North Colorado Medical Center where he later died, reported The Greeley Tribune.

“During the investigation, officers found Heit’s cell phone in the vehicle. On the display was a text message conversation with the last text received at 5:16 p.m.”

Alexander Heit is being described by his teachers, friends, and family as a good student, well liked in classes, a young man who loved snowboarding and hiking, and a guy with a “quick sense of humor,” and a calm and kind presence.

Alexander Heit was not speeding. He was not drinking. And he did nothing wrong except that he was looking down because he was texting and driving.

In dealing with the tragic loss of their son, Alexander Heit’s parents have published their son’s last unfinished text message with the hope of saving the life of someone else’s child.

Alexander's mom is sending a desperate plea to everyone.

“I can’t bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this. … Please, vow to never, NEVER text and drive. 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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