The story is heart-wrenching, but it might have an underlying message that will help prevent future, similar tragedies.
The story is of a young couple in love. They were texting each other as the young woman drove her car north of Newburgh. Unfortunately, her life ended in a car crash right after she sent her final text.
Now the Canadian man is sharing the final exchange of text messages he had with his girlfriend in hopes of helping others understand the dangers of distracted driving.
The woman was driving her car in Quebec on January 18. As she drove, she and her boyfriend sent tender messages back and forth.
She wrote to him, “I love you too and I’ll try to make you happy.”
He wrote back on his cell phone: “I have a meeting at 12:30. I would have liked to hear your beautiful voice before but…we’ll talk tonight before 6:00…good day at school bb and I kiss you all over :).”
He didn’t hear back from her.
“Is all well, my heart?” he wrote a little while later. “I’m a little worried here.”
Unfortunately, his worst fears were realized. She’d been killed in a car accident. Law enforcement officials said her cell phone use factored into the accident.
The man now asks a wrenching question on his Facebook page; one that deserves consideration from everyone who sends texts to someone who’s driving.
“How can a text message or email be more urgent than life?” he asks. “At what point does using your phone become more important than the people you love?”
The National Safety Council says up to a quarter of all motor vehicle accidents now involve texting or talking on cell phones.
“It takes two to text, so you have a responsibility not to participate in such risky behavior. It’s almost like letting a friend leave a bar drunk and get behind the wheel,” says a spokesperson with the Council.
Imagine the weight on you — for the rest of your life even after a DUI lawyer in West Palm Beach — if a text you sent to someone driving resulted in the loss of life of your loved one, or the loss of life of an innocent stranger killed in a crash caused by your text.