For one young man, a text comprising three letters caused him to strike and kill a man, changing at least two lives forever. “I was on my way home, I had my girlfriend in the car, and I’m just reading a text message, responding. I was looking up every couple of seconds or so like I always did.”
“And I just hear a loud scream next to me and the next second I look up and I see a bicyclist crash in the windshield. When I got out of the car he didn’t have a pulse, he wasn’t breathing, he wasn’t alive. There are no words to describe the level of grief, the level of depression and self- hatred I was going through…I sent one stupid meaningless text, “lol”, and killed a man.”
Ashley was driving in her car, texting with her sister, when her distraction caused her to lose control of her vehicle. Her truck flipped over and she was ejected through the driver’s side door. She landed in a ditch 300 feet from her truck. She did not survive.
“This is my sister. She was looking at my message that I had just sent her…People will tell you over and over again it’s not your fault, but knowing that you were the person that she was talking to when she was killed. just having a highway patrol officer write in a report that a text message sent at 12:05 is the reason that she is dead is not something that will ever go away. If I could talk to her one last time I would just say I’m sorry.”
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