Alexander Heit’s final text message serves as a warning.
The 22-year-old University of Northern Colorado student was texting a friend when his car drifted into oncoming traffic, causing him to jerk his steering wheel and flip his car in Greeley, Colo., police said. Heit was transported to a hospital where he later died.
Heit’s iPhone was recovered from the fatal crash on April 3 with his last unfinished text on display.
"Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw" the text read.
Heit’s parents have shared a photo of the message with the media to prevent future texting and driving deaths.
“I can’t bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this,” she said in a statement. “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.”
Heit was a good student, who had a quick sense of humor and calm presence, his parents describe in a statement. He had a spotless driving record.
Since 2009, texting and driving has been against the law in Colorado. The Center for Disease Control says distracted driving is on the rise. Each day nine people are killed from texting and driving with thousands more being injured in crashes.
The laws and public service announcements haven’t acted as a strong deterrent, police say.
“Unfortunately, when we think to ourselves, ‘I’ll just do it this one time,’ we are fooling ourselves,” Greeley Police Chief Jerry Garner said in a statement. "This 'one time' may be the only time.”
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