Young Driver Never Finished This Text Before Fatal Crash
Parents of Alexander Heit release it to highlight dangers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2013 12:40 PM CDT
Updated Apr 14, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
This photo provided by police in Greeley, Colo., shows the text message Alexander Heit was typing when he crashed.   (AP Photo/Greeley Police)

(Newser) – It was a nothing-special text to a buddy, but Alexander Heit made the mistake of trying to type it out while driving. He lost control, went off the road, and was killed when the car rolled, say police in Greeley, Colorado. Now the parents of the 22-year-old student at the University of Colorado have released an image of his phone showing the incomplete text in the hope of saving someone else's life, reports the AP via the Greeley Tribune. Their son's last words: "Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw"

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bender
Jul 13, 2013 12:40 PM CDT
I was able to fix this problem for my 2 teenage daughters that are drivers now....I taught them to drive a stick shift....they weren't happy about it at first, because teenage girls have to text ya know, but now they are glad I did because they don't feel the urge to text or talk on the phone while driving....to hard to do when you have to use both hands to actually drive the car
HMD-SMD-ITY
Apr 16, 2013 1:06 AM CDT
No matter what age, no matter who you are, rest assured if you are in any kind of major crash, your phone records are an open book. A minimum of four parties are going to access your records. First, the investigating agency, then your own insurance company, their insurance company, and their attorney. Just do a ride-along with any agency in your area that allows it and you will see how the process goes down. In one ride I did with a local highway patrol captain, it was a case of a crash with a 22 year old driver. He was on the phone when we arrived to the scene. He evidently ran a stop sign and severely injured an older woman. When the first arriving police officer ran the license plate, it came back as non-insured. The kid driver complained that it had to be wrong because he had renewed last week. The captain ran the tag and it came up as confirmed. Since the kid was on the phone when we pulled up, the captain asked for his insurance card. So the captain calls the 800 # on the front of the card and tells the agent the situation. The company agent reports that the kid has just restored a cancelled account about 10 minutes before the call. The captain told the agent that he had been involved in a serious crash about 20 minutes before he arrived and 10 minutes before he called and restored his insurance account. At that juncture, the kid was immediately arrested on insurance fraud regardless of the traffic charges. After that, the kid was in trouble with a half dozen agencies and it messed up his life for years.
Chatsworth
Apr 15, 2013 9:05 PM CDT
He culled himself from the genepool.That's good,he died before he could take someone else with him.