Just outside of Greeley on April 3, Alexander Heit made a dangerous and ultimately fatal decision while driving. The 22-year-old picked up his cellphone and began typing out a reply to a text message he had just received from a friend. The University of North Colorado student began drifting into oncoming traffic while typing out the reply, causing a car accident that took his life.
The New York Daily News reported that Heit’s parents have released this final text message to the public in order to bring awareness of the consequences the choice to text while driving can cause. Witnesses on the scene described how Heit’s head was down moments before the fatal car accident. The unfinished and unsent text message on his iPhone read, “Sound good my man, seeya soon, ill tw.”
In a statement released by local police, Heit’s mother, Sharon, said she wanted to make the text message public in hopes that it would deter and prevent others from having to go through this same tragedy with someone they love. She added, “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.”
Our firm is thankful that no one else was injured or killed as a result of Heit’s choice to text and drive. However, it is unfortunate that this accident occurred in the first place. Information compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that nearly 80 percent of all crashes occur as a result of a distracted driver. These accidents cause victims serious injuries, and unfortunately in some cases, death or a lifetime of medical bills and health struggles.
If a negligent motorist has caused you or someone you love serious injuries, talk with our Colorado injury lawyers today about your ability to seek financial compensation. We want to hear your story, and secure your deserved justice. Start your free consultation today by calling (866) 377-3900.
[Tom’s Tips: A National Mutual Insurance survey found that 4 out of every 10 Americans say that they have been hit or nearly hit by drivers on their cell phones.]
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